Carolyn Porco2017-10-04T21:18:05+00:00

Carolyn Porco

Planetary Scientist

“…When I’m old and looking back on my life, I will feel that I did the coolest thing anyone could ever possibly do with their life.”

Career Highlights
  • Director of the Imaging Lab at the Space Science Institute and Leading Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley
  • Participated in many historic missions as an imaging specialist with NASA, including the Voyager in the 1980s, Cassini’s present orbit around Saturn and the New Horizons spacecraft mission to Pluto
  • Plays a special role in bringing space exploration to the wider public via social media, scientific papers, popular science articles, television programs and news networks
  • Her first memorable moment in science as a child was exploring the limitless sky through her friend’s telescope

STEM Gems Club

Is a career in Planetary Science in your future? Are you fascinated with life beyond Earth? STEM Gem Carolyn Porco admits to being space-obsessed and, as a girl, loved to view planets via her friend’s telescope. Read her story and digest. Watch one of her online videos. Then, with your STEM Gems Tribe, discuss, explore, reflect, and act.

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