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Carol Polanskey

Project Scientist | NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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Carol Polanskey is a principal science systems engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, with 34 years of experience in science implementation for interplanetary orbital spacecraft during development and operations.

She is the project scientist for the Psyche mission.

Previous roles were science operations manager/Ceres planning lead for the Dawn mission, science office manager for the 2001 Mars Odyssey mission, technical manager for the Science Opportunity Analyzer (SOA) software development, and science coordinator and co-investigator for the magnetometer and dust detector on the Galileo mission.

She has a B.S. in physics and astronomy from the Pennsylvania State University, an M.S. in geophysics and a Ph.D. in planetary science from Caltech.