Astromaterials Curator | NASA
Francis McCubbin is the Astromaterials Curator within the Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) Division at the Johnson Space Center. As head curator, McCubbin is responsible for protecting the scientific integrity of NASA's priceless astromaterials collections and distributing select samples to the global community for further scientific examination. His research focuses on understanding the abundance, distribution and origin of water in the inner solar system, as well as deciphering the thermal and magmatic evolution of the terrestrial planets, moons and asteroids. Before coming to Johnson, McCubbin spent five years as a research scientist at the Institute of Meteoritics at the University of New Mexico. Prior to that, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Geophysical Laboratory at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, D.C.