RyanAndersonI am a planetary scientist at the U.S. Geological Survey Astrogeology Science Center. I use geomorphology and spectroscopy to understand past conditions on Mars. I also write code to help planetary scientists do better science, and am passionate about communicating science to everyone.

As a science team member for ChemCam on the Curiosity rover and SuperCam on the Perseverance rover, my job involves shooting rocks on Mars with a laser to figure out what they’re made of.

I’m also a writer. I find “other worlds” fascinating, whether they’re distant planets, the ancient past, or fictional realms. I organize my thoughts by writing, so check the blog to see what’s on my mind.