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Meet Your CSWA, James Keane

25 Aug 2020, 19:00 UTC
Meet Your CSWA, James Keane
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James Keane is a research scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He is a planetary scientist, studying orbital dynamics, rotational dynamics, and geologic processes on terrestrial and icy worlds across the Solar System utilizing data from NASA's robotic missions (GRAIL, New Horizons, etc.). James is also an avid artist and science communicator, using pen and pencil to communicate complicated scientific ideas. Describe the first time you made a personal connection with the planets and stars I've always been enamored with space. I don't know exactly when that started; maybe it was from watching way too much Star Trek with my family, or maybe it was seeing Saturn through a telescope for the first time from a small observatory in my home-state of Iowa, or maybe it was watching the Pathfinder mission land on Mars in elementary school. All of these things, coupled with a family that supported me, led me to the career I have today. How did you end up working in the field? Ever since I was a child, I knew I wanted to do something with space. In undergrad, I went to the University of Maryland: College Park, where I studied Astronomy. I bounced around different ...

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