"We as humans have just this innate desire to explore." an interview with Elizabeth Rampe

Recorded January 30, 2019 Archived January 30, 2019 14:11 minutes
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Id: APP611242


Elizabeth Rampe, a mineralogist, studying Mars at the NASA Johnson Space Center, shares about her life and work. She focuses on minerals on the surface of Mars which formed from water-rock interactions, which have the potential to show billions of years of Martian history, what kinds of water were present, and what potential Mars had to support life. The daughter of an archaeologist and an environmental biologist, she grew up birding with her dad in Southern Arizona, and soon developed an interest in dinosaurs, then in geology beyond the Earth. She talks about the importance of AGU in bringing together scientists in a time when the public often doesn't understand or trust science, and the satisfaction of working with a team of hundreds on the Curiosity mission to understand a whole new area of Mars. (Recorded 12 December 2018)


  • Elizabeth Rampe
  • Sam Hedlund