Preparing for the Next Generation of Planetary Surface Exploration

Conversation Date: 
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PT (3:00 PM - 4:00 PM ET)
Preparing for the Next Generation of Planetary Surface Exploration

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Overview: Hear about NASA Analogs and their invaluable contributions to the exploration of the Solar System, specifically from the Remote In Situ and Synchrotron Studies for Science and Exploration (RIS4E) team.  Dr. Kelsey Young will discuss ongoing work in analog testing and field portable instrument development in preparing for future planetary surface exploration.  

Speakers:  Dr. Kelsey Young graduated with her Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from Arizona State University in May 2014. Her thesis work was designed both to investigate the bombardment history of the inner Solar System through conducting fieldwork at terrestrial impact structures and subsequently to establish the utility of handheld geochemical instrumentation in planetary surface exploration. During her graduate work, Kelsey also worked at NASA JSC on a GSRP Fellowship where she evaluated the efficacy of incorporating handheld X-ray fluorescence technology into future manned spaceflight missions. From this work, and through her time with several of NASA's emerging robotic technologies, she has developed an understanding of the many uses of terrestrial analog sites in developing equipment and protocols necessary for planetary surface exploration. She is part of the SSERVI RIS4E team, where she supports the team's goal of incorporating portable geochemical technologies into terrestrial fieldwork in order to prepare for future planetary surface missions.

Lora Bleacher is the Solar System Exploration Division's Education and Public Outreach Lead at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.   She shares the excitement of GSFC's planetary science research and missions with educators, students, and the public through authentic experiences, professional development, and opportunities to interact with GSFC's subject matter experts. A planetary scientist by training, Bleacher enjoys communicating about the practice of science and NASA STEM careers with the audiences she reaches. She is also dedicated to enabling scientists and engineers to effectively engage with learners of all ages.  She is also currently acting as the Assistant Director of Science for Education in GSFC's Sciences and Exploration Directorate.

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