"hab·it·a·ble (/ˈhabədəb(ə)l/) adjective — suitable or good enough to live in."
Welcome to the Habitability Laboratories,
My name is Dr. Vlada Stamenković, I am a Research Scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, where I explore what subsurfaces hide from and provide for us—from resources to life.
The key is beneath our feet: I am particularly interested in how resources, gases, water, ores & nutrients form and move within a planetary object and how those enable life to emerge and persist. Next to fundamental science, I am developing the instruments needed to explore planetary subsurfaces, find the resources & seek signs of subsurface life. To enable for us to one day live up there between the stars and generate a sustainable and healthy society down on the Earth.
Check out TH2OR, an ISRU instrument that I am developing with my wonderful team at JPL to search for liquid groundwater on Mars, seek resources on the Moon and beyond, and help find more affordably drinkable water on our own home planet.