Mary Beth Wilhelm planetary science & astrobiology PhD Student, NSF Graduate Fellow & NASA Civil Servant

Mary Beth Wilhelm

Fun Stuff & Field Work

 

The martian landscape in the driest desert on Earth, the Atacama.

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Dream team doing field work in the Atacama Desert in Chile.

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Sampling for biomarkers in a clean suit.

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The Hand of the Desert sculpture in Chile.

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Desert adventures.

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Beautiful Sunrise over the historic Hangar 1 during NASA Ames’ 75th Anniversary Open House

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Launch of the Mars satellite MAVEN from Cape Canaveral!

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Presenting at NASA Science Day on the Hill!

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Goodbye lunch during my last day of my summer internship at NASA HQ with my favorite Martians. 🙂

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Filming on the set of a new PBS show about the challenges of long-duration spaceflight and exploration of Mars on the body and mind!

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The testbed version of Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) aboard the new Mars rover, Curiosity photographed at NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center. It’s looking for organics on Mars!

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Meeting President Obama during a visit to the Bay Area after landing at Moffett Field in summer, 2012.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2013 Fieldwork in Death Valley, CA at Racetrack Playa and Ubehebe Crater:

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Recent travels to Paris, Barcelona, and Venice:

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Impact breccia at the Ries Crater in Germany:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snorkeling at Green Lake, NY and Pavilion Lake, BC, home to modern day stromatolites:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ancient Stromatolites in Death Valley, CA:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apollo’s Saturn V Rocket at Johnson Space Center:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fellow NASA Interns in front of the Historic Hangar 1 at NASA Ames:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Climbing down the ~800 ft Kelso Dunes in the Mojave Desert:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The main Cordillera of the Andes Mountains, Argentina:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cool-shaped mafic enclave in the Aztec wash pluton near Searchlight, NV.

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My favorite surf spot in Santa Cruz, CA- across from Mr. Jack O’niell’s house, and playing ukulele at sunset on the beach:

The MASSIVE 80×120 ft windtunnel at NASA Ames. My family for scale.

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Teaching my little sis and cousins all about water on the moon the the LCROSS mission.

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