Ken Edgett ’87 is crazy about Mars. He is a senior research scientist at Malin Space Science Systems and the principal investigator for the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) on NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity, which touched down on the Red Planet on Aug. 6, 2012.
A geology major at Earlham, Edgett went on to receive his M.S. and Ph.D. in geology from Arizona State University, but he credited his Earlham years with cementing his interest in his field of study. In a biography archived at the NASA Quest website, Edgett wrote about his Earlham experience.
He says of the Earlham geology program: "I learned all of the basics and learned them well because the professors spend a lot of time with the students to help them learn.”
In a video at ScienceDaily, Edgett introduces the image and talks more about the MAHLI and the images his team hopes to capture.
M.S. and Ph.D. in geology from Arizona State University
Hometown: San Diego, Calif.
Major at Earlham: Geology