JPL Deputy Project Scientist to Give Update about Mars Rover Missions at Mars Society Convention

Dr. Abigail Fraeman, a planetary scientist and deputy project scientist for NASA-JPL’s Curiosity rover mission, will provide an update about the space agency’s Mars rover missions during the 23rd Annual International Mars Society Convention, scheduled for October 15-18.

Her experience with NASA-JPL missions to the solar system are extensive, including having served as co-investigator for the Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars (CRISM), principal investigator for NASA Development & Advancement of Lunar Instrumentation, co-investigator for NASA Planetary Data Analysis & Restoration Tools and co-investigator for NASA Habitable Worlds.

With a broad interested in the origin and evolution of terrestrial bodies in our solar system, Dr. Fraeman has concentrated on investigating how the complex geologic histories of Mars and its moons are preserved in their rock record.  She specialized in remote sensing with a focus on visible and short wavelength infrared reflectance spectroscopy.

Dr. Fraeman received a B.S. in Physics and Geology & Geophysics from Yale University and a Ph.D. in Earth & Planetary Science from Washington University (St. Louis). She was also the recipient of the P.E.O. Scholar Award (2013), the Keck Institute for Space Studies Prize Post-doctoral Fellowship (2014) and the NASA Group Achievement Award (MSL Extended Mission-1 Science & Operations Team - 2017).

This year’s global Mars Society conference will be free of charge (although donations are welcome). For full registration details, please click here. Regular updates, including a list of confirmed speakers, will be posted in the coming weeks on the Mars Society web site and its social media platforms.