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Priest by day, Mars Rover scientist by night

Priest by day, Mars Rover scientist by night

The Rev. Pamela Conrad, Ph.D. plays two roles — Episcopal priest and scientist.


By night, and at odd moments during the day, Conrad moonlights as a research scientist at the Carnegie Institution of Science in Washington, DC. A member of the tactical operations team for the Mars Perseverance rover mission, she is a co-investigator for two scientific instrument suites, acquiring and analyzing data, and collaborating in team planning, with colleagues at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, and other scientific institutions around the country.

By day, the 68-year-old is an Episcopal priest, leading a congregation at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, in Glen Burnie, Maryland.

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She also considered a career as an opera singer.

Photo of Conrad (NASA).


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