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.
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.