IamA NASA Planetary Scientist, Ask Me Anything about tonight's lunar eclipse?
My short bio:
Dr. Barbara Cohen leads the planetary science group at the Marshall Space Flight Center. Dr. Cohen came to NASA MSFC in 2007 specifically to support human exploration planning for the Moon for the Constellation program, including the Lunar Precursor Robotics Program (LPRP) managed at MSFC. During this time, Dr. Cohen worked to bring Constellation engineers what they needed from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) and its companion, LCROSS, helped initiate the Lunar Mapping and Modeling Project, and helped write the engineering design specification documents describing the lunar environment. She served as the project scientist for the US nodes of the International Lunar Network, a science mission to provide geophysical information about the Moon’s interior structure and composition. Dr. Cohen helped craft the National Research Council report, “The Scientific Context for Exploration of the Moon,” which set science priorities within lunar exploration plans. Today, Cohen continues to support SMD projects and is a Co-Investigator on several spacecraft and instrument proposal teams.