Dynamic Response of the Environments at Asteroids, the Moon, and moons of Mars

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Andrea Jones

1. What is your role on the DREAM2 team?

I'm a member of the DREAM2 Education and Public Outreach Team. I help run the DREAM2Explore workshops for teachers, and help the DREAM2 team share their research with educators, students, and the public.

2. What about DREAM2 do you find most interesting? Most challenging?

I really like how DREAM2 research continues to reveal what fascinating, active environments surround the Moon, the moons of Mars, asteroids, and other small bodies in the Solar System - and how much future robotic or human explorers will need to consider these environmental conditions in order to ensure safe, successful missions. My challenge as a DREAM2 educator is to share the exciting science results the team is generating in useful, meaningful ways with our audiences.

3. Were you a part of the original DREAM team, funded through the NASA Lunar Science Institute? If so, what was your favorite science result?

I was not officially part of the DREAM team, but I supported some of the DREAM outreach efforts. For example, I worked with the DREAM team on sharing their science through events such as International Observe the Moon Night.

4. What other NASA programs or missions have you participated in?

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover, MAVEN, Aura, the SSERVI FINESSE and RIS4E teams, International Observe the Moon Night, and the Earth and Planetary Science Education and Public Outreach Forums.

5. What kind/level of education do you have?

M.S. in Geosciences, with a focus in Planetary Geology.

6. What advice do you have for students who want to work for NASA or on NASA-related research?

Figure out what you want to do, and try to find people who do it. Then get in touch with them! Ask them what their job is like. Find out what career path took them to that position. Apply for an internship to find out for yourself what doing this kind of work is like. And talk to as many people as you can about your interests: you never know who might be able to help you get the job you want.

7. What are your favorite things to do outside of work?

Spending time with my friends and family, camping, hiking, reading, star gazing, and relaxing by a fire - in a wood stove or a campfire, depending on the season.