Discovery missions downselected – and women rule the day
The Discovery mission selections were announced today. Three missions will continue to another year of study before one is selected to be flown.
The downselected missions are: Geophysical Monitoring Station (GEMS), a Mars geophysical lander (PI Bruce Banerdt, JPL), Titan Mare Explorer (TiME), a floating lander to Titan (PI Ellen Stofan, Proxemy Research), and Comet Hopper, to land on a comet multiple times (PI Jessica Sunshine, University of Maryland). That’s 2/3 women PI’s! Congratulations Ellen and Jessica!!
NASA also elected to give three projects further funding for technology development to help them in the next round. Of these, two of three were also women – congratulations Amy Mainzer and Anita Cochran, who was profiled here on WIPS!!
I hope you read about these amazing women here, and next time you’re at a meeting or conference and see one of them, take a minute to introduce yourself and ask questions. All these women are fantastic scientists, dedicated workers, and inspiring role models for all of us.