Curiosity, the Mars rover, delivers new finds all the time. NASA scientist Pan Conrad is analyzing those findings in hopes of solving some of the many mysteries shrouding the red planet.
Pamela Conrad is an astrobiologist and mineralogist with the Planetary Environments Laboratory at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD, USA. She has worked for the past several years on the development of approaches and measurements for assessment of habitability in planetary surface environments. Her planetary science interests include the comparative early evolution of Earth and Mars and the measurement of habitability potential on rocky bodies in the solar system. She is Deputy Principal Investigator and Investigation Scientist for the Sample Analysis at Mars instrument suite, which is presently exploring Gale Crater on Mars as part of the Mars Science Laboratory mission. Her extensive field experience revolves around characterizing the edges of the habitable zones in deserts (both polar and temperate). Since her involvement with Mars Science Laboratory, Pan has become interested in the measurement of the noble gases and what they can tell us about planetary differentiation and evolution.
Pan received all of her degrees (BA Music, MM Music, M Phil Geology, PhD Mineralogy) from the George Washington University and she was a predoctoral fellow at the Geophysical Laboratory of the Carnegie Institution of Washington.