NASA Research Scientist Kelsey Young from SSERVI’s RIS4E team (PI glotch) gave a free public talk on “The Future of Planetary Surface Exploration” at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., on Weds., Oct. 19, 2017.
One aspect of preparing for a new generation of crewed planetary exploration missions will be designing tools and technologies to rapidly collect and interpret geochemical and geophysical data. “These technologies will need to have the flexibility to be used in different capacities during spaceflight and will need to be incorporated into astronaut extravehicular activities,” Young said.
Young studies planetary field geology through a combination of investigations at terrestrial sites with laboratory work on samples collected from those sites. She also investigates the use of portable geochemical instrumentation in conducting field geology, both on Earth and in planetary exploration. She has a postdoctoral research position through the RIS4E SSERVI team investigating these issues and is serving on the FINESSE team as a collaborator from the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.
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