Planetary Scientist Amanda Hendrix analyzes data from Cassini and other spacecraft in order to study moons and other small bodies in our solar system.
Kring, the lead for the Center for Lunar Science and Exploration, is perhaps best known for locating the crater left by the impact that triggered the extinction of the dinosaurs. During an earlier period of heavy bombardment, a very large impact event likely generated the Earth-Moon system, and may have sparked life on Earth. Dr. Kring's lunar research will tell us more about how the Earth evolved.
Beckman is an aerospace engineer whose job as the Flight Dynamics Lead for the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter ensured this mission's safe delivery into orbit around the Moon.
Spilker is a project scientist for the Cassini mission, studying Saturn's rings -- their mass, density, dynamics, and how they evolve.
How to be a Lunar Scientist
Have you ever wanted to be a lunar scientist? Nancy Atkinson visits the Lunar Science Forum at NASA's Ames Research Center and talks with several scientists and students, asking about their experiences, what fueled their interest in science and what advice they might have for any budding future lunar scientists. The scientists in this podcast are Dr. Jennifer Heldmann, Dr. Don Wilhelms, Dr. David Kring, and Dr. Tony Colaprete. The students are Heidi Beemer, Donna Viola, and Max Fagin. This podcast was produced as part of 365 Days of Astronomy.