|Carl Allen, Planetary Geologist|
Much of Carl's work has focused on the resources of the Moon and planets. He demonstrated the extraction of oxygen from lunar soil and volcanic glass samples as well as from carbon dioxide, the main component of Mars' atmosphere. With the exciting announcement of possible relic life forms in a martian meteorite, Carl has turned his work toward the search for fossilized bacteria in Earth's geologic record. Carl and Jaclyn recently helped produce a popular planetarium show which depicts NASA's current strategy for the human exploration of Mars.
Carl serves as the Lunar Curator's Science Observer, verifying that investigators receive the best possible samples for their research. He is also deeply involved in planning for biological screening and curation of the martian rock and soil samples scheduled to be returned early in the next decade.