A Roving Mind

Room 101 in the North Seeley W. Mudd Laboratory of the Geological Sciences on campus is quiet, small, and nondescript. The only giveaway that it in fact serves as Caltech’s Mars Science Laboratory control room? The poster of a heroic Mars Curiosity rover hanging next to an oversized TV screen with a webcam.

From this room, Jessica Watkins, a Chair’s Postdoctoral Scholar in the Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences, talks about her longstanding passion for Mars’ geology, why it’s an exciting time to be studying the Red Planet, and how her privately funded fellowship fuels her creativity.

Since this video was published, Watkins was selected to join NASA’s 2017 Astronaut Candidate Class.

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