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PSI’s Amanda Hendrix Discusses 'Our Path to a New Home in the Planets'

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PSI Senior Scientist Amanda Hendrix was the keynote speaker at Apollopalooza, a week-long event celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch and landing. The event was organized by and held at the Wings over the Rockies Museum in Denver, Colorado. Other keynote speakers included Apollo 17 astronaut Harrison Schmitt and Apollo 11 flight director Gene Kranz. 

Her talk, “Beyond Earth: Our Path to a New Home in the Planets,” discussed the future of lunar and planetary exploration. She focused on the challenges facing humans eventually leaving low-Earth orbit for long periods of time and considered the pros and cons of various destinations in the solar system for long-term crewed missions. 

Hendrix was the Deputy Project Scientist for the Cassini–Huygens mission and is a scientific investigator on the Cassini, Galileo and Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter missions. She is director of NASA’s Toolbox for Research and Exploration (TREX). Her research focuses on moons and small bodies in the solar system, with an emphasis on using UV-visible spectroscopy to understand surface composition and evolution.

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Nov. 10, 2019
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