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OrganiCam will search for life in space

OrganiCam is designed to pick up biological samples that emit fluorescence — and it can go places other instruments can't
June 23, 2020
Cross-sectional view of part of the OrganiCam instrument.

Cross-sectional view of part of the OrganiCam instrument.

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In a new YouTube video, the Laboratory introduces a miniature but mighty instrument called OrganiCam.

Outfitted with a pulsed laser and a camera, OrganiCam is designed to pick up biological samples that emit fluorescence — and it can go places other instruments can't (such as lava tube caves).

"OrganiCam is a revolutionary, compact instrument that could be used to detect organic material here on Earth or to discover it on other planets," said planetary scientist Roger Wiens.

In the video, you'll hear from these OrganiCam innovators:

  • Radiobiologist Kumkum Ganguly
  • Planetary scientist Patrick Gasda
  • R&D laser engineer Adriana Reyes-Newell
  • R&D engineer Benigno Sandoval
  • Planetary scientist Roger Wiens