Program Scientist

NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC


Dr. Mitch Schulte is a Program Scientist with the Mars Exploration Program in NASA’s Science Mission Directorate.  As a Program Scientist, Mitch manages the science content of a number of NASA’s Mars missions.  Currently, he oversees the U.S. contribution to the Mars Organic Molecule Analyzer (MOMA) instrument on the European Space Agency ExoMars rover and NASA’s Mars 2020 Rover, both scheduled for launch in July 2020.  He is also the lead scientist for the Mars Data Analysis, Instrument Concepts for Europa Exploration, and Habitable Worlds Programs for NASA’s Mars Exploration Program and Planetary Science Division.

As a researcher, Mitch has studied the geology and geochemistry of hydrothermal environments and the life that inhabits them.  He also is interested in biosignatures and life detection in ancient Earth and extraterrestrial samples.  He is on the editorial board of the scientific journal Astrobiology and on the advisory board of the Big Questions Institute at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. Schulte has an A.B. and a Ph.D., both in Earth & Planetary Sciences from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.


Talk Title: What’s Happening at Mars?

Dr. Schulte will describe NASA’s efforts to study the Red Planet over the past 50 years. He’ll tell you what is going on with current missions in orbit above and working on the surface of Mars and the next decade of Mars Exploration.





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