Faculty Members Carol Paty and Britney Schmidt Interviewed About Jupiter's Moon Europa
Planetary Scientists Dr. Carol Paty and Dr. Britney Schmidt of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences were recently interviewed by meteorologist Katie Walls of WSB TV in Atlanta about how local scientists help NASA explore Europa, keeping Georgia a front-runner for space exploration.
The segment can be seen on WSB's website here. From the segment:
“Europa has this incredible ability to spark the imagination. There’s a sub-surface ocean, we know it’s there,” explained Georgia Tech planetary scientist Dr. Carol Paty.
Dr. Britney Schmidt, Assistant Professor, received a BS in Physics from University of Arizona and Ph.D. in Geophysics and Space physics from UCLA. Her area of expertise is planetary ices and the early solar system. She is keenly interested in the habitability of icy worlds to search for life beyond Earth. A veteran of Antarctic fieldwork, she studies Earth’s ice shelves and glaciers to capture the impacts of changing climate and explore analogs for Europa. Britney played a central role in developing several mission concepts, including the recently selected Europa Multiple Flyby mission where she is Co-I on the REASON radar team. She is an associate of the Dawn Framing Camera team. She is PI of Sub-Ice Marine and Planetary Analog Ecosystems (SIMPLE), a $5M NASA program studying the McMurdo Ice Shelf using remote sensing and underwater vehicles. She leads the Georgia Tech built Icefin AUV for under ice exploration.