For our fourth (and final!) ROADS “Meet a NASA Expert” we were pleased to have Joanna Hogancamp join us. Joanna is a geoscienst working for Geocontrols Systems Inc at NASA’s Astromaterials Research and Exploraon Science (ARES) Division at the Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston, TX. At ARES, Joanna is part of the Mars research group and conducts laboratory experiments that aim to beer understand data from the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument on the Curiosity rover. Joanna is a collaborator on the SAM and Mars Science Lab (MSL) science teams and is a Payload Uplink Lead on the SAM operaons team. Joanna received a bachelors in geological sciences from State University of New York at Geneseo and a Master’s of Science in geological sciences at The University of Alabama. Joanna is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in geology at the University of Houston and is studying maran surface geology.
Joanna’s talk briefly discusses methane detection on Mars, the current Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument on the Curiosity rover, and how our research in a laboratory at JSC works to understand and interpret evolved gases on Mars.