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Abigail Fraeman

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Abigail Fraeman

Abigail is a research scientist in the Planetary Science section at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.She was the deputy project scientist for the Mars Exploration Rover mission and one of The Planetary Society’s student astronauts.

She is broadly interested in the origin and evolution of terrestrial bodies in our solar system, and her work has concentrated on investigating how the complex geologic histories of Mars and its moons are preserved in their rock records. She specializes in remote sensing with a focus on visible to near-infrared reflectance spectroscopy. She received a Ph.D. in Earth & Planetary Science from Washington University in St. Louis and a B.S. in Physics and in Geology & Geophysics from Yale University.

Latest Planetary Radio Appearance

A Fond Farewell to Spirit and Opportunity

February 20, 2019 • 68:44

The Mars Exploration Rover mission was declared complete on February 13, 2019. On the very next day, MER Project Manager John Callas and Deputy Project Scientist Abigail Fraeman came to Planetary Society headquarters for an extended and emotional conversation with Mat Kaplan and Emily Lakdawalla.

Latest Blog Posts

A New Understanding

December 04, 2019

Abigail Fraeman examines how the Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, changed our view of Mars.

8th Mars Report: Was Ancient Mars Warm and Wet or Cold and Icy?

July 29, 2014

One of the hot topics of the 8th International Conference on Mars was the nature of Mars' ancient past. Abigail Fraeman reports on our updated view of whether Mars was ever warm and wet.

Bill Nye 'Dancing With the Stars' Update

September 25, 2013

We're two weeks in to ‘Dancing with the Stars’ season 17, and Bill Nye has shown that, true to his TV-theme song lyric, "science rules" in the eyes of the audience.

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