Grant 3 January 2004
John Grant, Ph.D., is a planetary geomorphologist (a
geologist who specializes in how various processes
combine and interact over time to create a landscape).
Find out what herding cats has to do with Mars
Herd 17 September
Christopher Herd, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of
Mineralogy at the University of Alberta. Chris is
an expert in meteorites, comparing rocks from space with
their more earthly counterparts. Read about how he
got interested in planetary geology at an early age, and
how "imagination is the root of the creativity that
underlies the very foundation of science."
Victoria Hamilton, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor at
the Hawai'i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology (HIGP)
at the University of Hawai'i. Learn why this
psychology major changed paths in college and went on to
a career she "wouldn't trade for anything" as a
planetary geologist actively involved in Mars research.
Christensen 14 August 2003
Phil Christensen, Ph.D., is a geologist and Mars
scientist. Read how the young grad student, who sat
in the back of the room watching Mars scientists vote on
Viking landing sites in 1976, became the Principal
Investigator for two instruments currently in orbit
around Mars and two more headed for landing in January
Woodmansee 4 June 2003
Woodmansee is a "rocket scientist" or more
accurately, a propulsion engineer. Imagine working
on something that will carry a spacecraft to someplace
like Mars! Find out what subjects gave Paul trouble
when he was a student and what strategies helped him
Dan Maas 5 November 2002
Maas is a computer graphics artist, whose credits include
creating NASA's Mars Exploration Rovers animation.
He also started his own company while still in his teens.
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