Carlton Allen, Astromaterials Curator
Bound Brook, NJ and Rochester, NY
BA: Chemical Physics - Rice University Houston, TX
MS: Astronomy - University of Arizona Tucson, AZ
PhD: Planetary Sciences - University of Arizona Tucson, AZ
Travel and explore
Learning about other worlds
Carl in Antarctica
I lead a group of 30 scientists and technicians dedicated to preserving, protecting, and distributing NASA's extraterrestrial samples - rocks from the Moon, Mars, comets, and asteroids; atoms from the Sun; microscopic minerals from other stars. I also do research to better understand the surfaces of the Moon and Mars.
I've wanted to work in the space program since I was in 4th grade, watching our first attempts to explore the solar system. I can think of no more exciting adventure.
Discover what you like and what you can do well. That's a powerful combination. Stay flexible and open to new opportunities. If you're asking for something - a job, college admission, scholarship - be serious and make the best case you possibly can.