Scientist | NASA
Elizabeth Rampe is an exploration mission scientist within the Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) Division at the Johnson Space Center. Dr. Rampe studies Mars geology and mineralogy and is the deputy principal investigator of the CheMin instrument on the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover. By studying minerals found on ancient Mars that were formed by water-rock interactions and similar minerals in analog environments on Earth, she helps characterize early martian environments. Her research on the evolution of the early martian surface has implications concerning its past habitability since some minerals are diagnostic of the environments in which they were formed. Researching martian planetary processes and environment is central to data gathering for NASA's future mission to Mars. Dr. Rampe is also interested in the relationship between human mission operations and science. She supports human analog missions and studies the incorporation of science and scientists into extravehicular activities (EVA).