Co-Investigator, 3-D Mapping, Spectroscopy, Habitability,
NASA Ames Research Center
Carol Stoker is a planetary scientist at NASA Ames Research Center. She recieved her Ph.D in AstroGeophysics in 1983 from the University of Colorado. At NASA since 1985, she is actively involved in planning for robotic and human exploration of Mars. Carol's research has focused on field studies of Mars-analog environments on the Earth using robots. She has performed field studies in the Antarctic, arctic, equatorial pacific, Southern Spain, and the southwestern US to demonstrate robotic systems relevant to searching for life on other planets. She was a participating scientist on the Mars Pathfinder mission where she provided a three-dimensional interactive virtual reality model of the Pathfinder landing site as a tool for operating the rover mission. She played a similar role in the Mars Polar lander mission, the scientific progenitor of Phoenix. She currently leads the MARTE project to develop a robotic system for drilling the subsurface of Mars to search for living organisms. MARTE is searching for subsurface life in Rio Tinto, Spain, an analog to the Sinus Merdiani site explored by the MER rover.
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