RyanAndersonI am a planetary scientist at the U.S. Geological Survey Astrogeology Science Center. I use geomorphology and spectroscopy to understand past conditions on other planets (mostly Mars). I also write code, ranging from simple scripts to machine learning algorithms, to help planetary scientists do better science.

As a science team member for ChemCam on the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) rover and SuperCam on the Mars 2020 rover, shooting rocks on Mars with a laser is part of my job. I am amazed by this fact on a regular basis.

I’m also a writer. I am fascinated by “other worlds”, be they distant planets, the ancient past, or fictional realms. I post reviews of books, movies, and games on the blog, along with occasional posts about other things like politics or parenting.