Meet: Carol Stoker
Planetary Scientist, Space Sciences Division, NASA Ames Research Center,
Moffett Field California
Who I am
I am a planetary scientist and have been working for NASA since
1985. My work involves theoretical and experimental research on a variety
of problems related to the origin, evolution and search for life in the
solar system. I am actively involved in planning for robotic and human
exploration of Mars. What I do Since 1990, I have led a NASA Ames project
to develop telepresence and virtual reality technology for mission operations
and scientific visualization . The purpose of this project is to enhance
control of mobile rovers underwater and on the surfaces of other planets.
This work has focused on using robotic scientific exploration vehicles
to perform field studies of space-analog environments on the Earth.
As part of this work, I developed the Telepresence Controlled Remotely
Operated Vehicle (TROV), a robotic submarine, and led science missions
using this vehicle in the Antarctic. I have led a series of field experiments
simulating Mars surface missions using the Marsokhod rover deployed in
terrestrial desert environments. I was recently a participating scientist
on Mars Pathfinder mission where I provided a three-dimensional interactive
virtual reality model of the Pathfinder landing site as tool for operating
the rover mission.
I received my Ph.D in AstroGeophysics from the University of Colorado