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Melissa Rice

Mastcam-Z Co-Investigator and Assistant Professor of Geology at Western Washington University

Dr. Rice earned a PhD at Cornell University's Department of Astronomy, the longtime academic home of Carl Sagan. She currently works on the MSL Curiosity mission and the MER Opportunity missions at Caltech.

Latest Planetary Radio Appearances

The Eyes of a New Mars Rover: Mastcam-Z

Mat Kaplan attended a meeting of the science team for the zoom lens camera that will be atop the Mars 2020 rover mast. Planetary Scientist Jim Bell tells us how this new system will show us the Red Planet as we’ve never seen it before.

Celebrating Carl Sagan With Lou Friedman, Lynda Obst, Kip Thorne and More

November 9 was Planetary Society founder Carl Sagan's birthday, so we gathered a few of his close friends and several young scientists he inspired in front of a live audience. They also helped us celebrate Planetary Radio's 10th anniversary!