Sciences and Exploration Directorate

Andrea Jean Philippoff Jones

(AST, Science Project Management)

Andrea Jean Philippoff Jones's Contact Card & Information.
Phone: 301.614.6862
Org Code: 690
Mail Code 690
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Brief Bio

Andrea Jones is a planetary geologist and the Public Engagement Lead of the Solar System Exploration Division at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. She and her team share NASA planetary science research and discoveries with national and international audiences and connect division scientists to, and support them in, public engagement opportunities.

Current Projects

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter

Public Engagement Lead

International Observe the Moon Night


DAVINCI mission to Venus


Public Engagement Lead

Sample Analysis at Mars instrument suite, onboard the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover

Public Engagement Lead

Death Valley Dark Sky Festival

Organizing Team

GSFC Planetary Science Winter School

Solar System Exploration Division Program Support


Public Engagement Lead, Solar System Exploration Division

NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center - Greenbelt, MD

2018 - Present

Education and Communications Specialist

Planetary Science Institute, at NASA GSFC - Greenbelt, MD

2014 - 2018

Education and Public Outreach Specialist

Lunar and Planetary Institute, at NASA GSFC - Greenbelt, MD

2010 - 2014


M.S. in Geosciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, 2009

B.S. with Honors in Geology, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA, 2005


Individual Awards

2023 NASA Special Act Award for leading completion of the new planetary exhibit at the GSFC Visitor Center

2022 NASA Special Act Award for GSFC Solar System Exploration Division Public Engagement Team leadership

2021 G.O.A.T. Philippoff Family Train Game Champion

2019 NASA Special Act Award for 'outstanding support of Apollo 50 activities'

2012 NASA Exceptional Public Achievement Medal for excellence in public outreach and communication

NASA Team Achievement Medals

2018 NASA Silver Achievement Medal as part of the Planetary Science Solar Eclipse Communications Team

2018 NASA Silver Achievement Medal as part of the Heliophysics Education Consortium Eclipse Team

Selected NASA Group Honor Awards

2022 DAVINCI Team

2020 GSFC Apollo 50th Anniversary Public Engagement and Communications Team

2019 LRO Public Engagement Team

2019 DREAM2 Center for Space Environments Science Team

2017 MSL Extended Mission-1 Science and Operations Team

2017 FINESSE Team

2015 LRO Extended Science Mission Team

2015 MAVEN Communications and Outreach Team

2014 LADEE Public Engagement Team

2013 LRO Science Mission Team

2012 The Development Team for the LRO Exhibit at the GSFC Visitor Center

2012 Sample Analysis at Mars Team

2011 International Observe the Moon Night Outreach Team

2011 MRO HiRISE Science Team

American Astronomical Society Neil Armstrong Flight Achievement Awards

2016 Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) Mission Team

2014 Curiosity Mars Science Laboratory Team

Selected Publications


2017. "Connecting the Next Generation of Science Journalists with Scientists in Action." GSA Today 27 (1): 44-45 [10.1130/gsatg294gw.1] [Journal Article/Letter]

2013. "A Habitable Fluvio-Lacustrine Environment at Yellowknife Bay, Gale Crater, Mars." Science 343 (6169): 1242777-1242777 [10.1126/science.1242777] [Journal Article/Letter]

2013. "Elemental Geochemistry of Sedimentary Rocks at Yellowknife Bay, Gale Crater, Mars." Science 343 (6169): 1244734-1244734 [10.1126/science.1244734] [Journal Article/Letter]

2013. "Mars' Surface Radiation Environment Measured with the Mars Science Laboratory's Curiosity Rover." Science 343 (6169): 1244797-1244797 [10.1126/science.1244797] [Journal Article/Letter]

2013. "Volatile and Organic Compositions of Sedimentary Rocks in Yellowknife Bay, Gale Crater, Mars." Science 343 (6169): 1245267-1245267 [10.1126/science.1245267] [Journal Article/Letter]

2013. "Soil Diversity and Hydration as Observed by ChemCam at Gale Crater, Mars." Science 341 (6153): 1238670-1238670 [10.1126/science.1238670] [Journal Article/Letter]

2013. "X-ray Diffraction Results from Mars Science Laboratory: Mineralogy of Rocknest at Gale Crater." Science 341 (6153): 1238932-1238932 [10.1126/science.1238932] [Journal Article/Letter]

2013. "Volatile, Isotope, and Organic Analysis of Martian Fines with the Mars Curiosity Rover." Science 341 (6153): 1238937-1238937 [10.1126/science.1238937] [Journal Article/Letter]

2013. "Curiosity at Gale Crater, Mars: Characterization and Analysis of the Rocknest Sand Shadow." Science 341 (6153): 1239505-1239505 [10.1126/science.1239505] [Journal Article/Letter]

2013. "Abundance and Isotopic Composition of Gases in the Martian Atmosphere from the Curiosity Rover." Science 341 (6143): 263-266 [10.1126/science.1237966] [Journal Article/Letter]

2013. "Martian Fluvial Conglomerates at Gale Crater." Science 340 (6136): 1068-1072 [10.1126/science.1237317] [Journal Article/Letter]

2011. "A geomorphic analysis of Hale crater, Mars: The effects of impact into ice-rich crust." Icarus 211 (1): 259-272 [10.1016/j.icarus.2010.10.014] [Journal Article/Letter]

2010. "The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) during MRO’s Primary Science Phase (PSP)." Icarus 205 (1): 2-37 [10.1016/j.icarus.2009.04.023] [Journal Article/Letter]


2019. "See You in the Shadow: A National Parks and NASA Collaboration." Celebrating the 2017 Great American Eclipse: Lessons Learned from the Path of Totality 516 365 [Proceedings]

2019. "Total Eclipse of the Ballpark: NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Team's Partnership with Minor League Baseball." Celebrating the 2017 Great American Eclipse: Lessons Learned from the Path of Totality 516 321 - 330 [Article in Book]

2016. "International Observe the Moon Night: An Outreach Opportunity this October." Reflector 68 (3): 24, 27 [Full Text] [Magazine]

2016. "Recent Lunar Science Discoveries and an Opportunity to Celebrate Them." The Universe in the Classroom 92 (Summer): [Full Text] [Newsletter]

2015. "The NASA SMD E/PO Community's Commitment to Diversity: Engaging Women and Girls in STEM." STATUS: A Report on Women in Astronomy 1–6 [Full Text] [Magazine]

2015. "LRO's Lunar Workshops for Educators: A Proven Model for Exceptional Teacher Professional Development." Sharing the Adventure with the Student: Exploring Intersections of NASA Space Science and Education: A Workshop Summary 66 [Full Text] [] [Article in Book]

2014. "NASA Science Mission Directorate Science Education and Public Outreach Forums Informal Educator National Survey Results." Informal Education Working Group Survey, Report, and Recommendations [Full Text] [Report]

Talks, Presentations and Posters


The Next Total Solar Eclipse: Where and How to Watch It & What's Happening

April 2024

Presentation for visitors at the Death Valley Dark Sky Festival

Stay Wild, Moon Child: The Moon's Role in Solar and Lunar Eclipses + Recent Highlights in Lunar Science and Exploration

October 2023

Presentation for Great Basin National Park before the annular eclipse in October 2023

From Iceland to the Moon: Working with NASA Scientists, Engineers, and Astronauts in the Land of Fire and Ice


Keynote presentation, Dark Sky Festival in Cook County, MN

Exploration of Our Solar System - and Beyond

March 2022

Keynote presentation, NASA Office of STEM Engagement SPARX program kick-off for K–12 students nationwide

To the Moon


Keynote presentation, Perspektywy Women in Tech Summit, Warsaw, Poland

Exploring Other-Worldly Sites, Here on Earth

November 2020

Invited lecture, Planetary Science Course, California State University Stanislaus

A New Moon Revealed by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and Preparations to Return Astronauts to the Lunar Surface

March 2020

Geology Department Seminar, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA

International Observe the Moon Night: An Engagement Opportunity for Scientists, Science Festivals, and Lunar Enthusiasts Around the World


Jones, A., Wasser, M., Tiedeken, S., Shaner, A.J., Whelley, N., White, V., Fooshee, J., Day, B.H., Buxner, S., Bakerman, M., Joseph, E., Gay, P., ED12B-03, AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA

Scientist Involvement in NASA Goddard Solar System Exploration Division Public Engagement


Jones, A., Wasser, M., Tiedeken, S., Whelley, N., Loftin, S., ED13A-01, AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA

Communicating Apollo: The Story of Sharing the Apollo Story

December 2019

National Writing Day celebration at Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale, VA

Engaging Students in Science Practices and Moon Phenomena with Digital Media

December 2019

Jones, A. and Connelly, R., EdWeb WGBH Education presentation for nationwide teacher network

The Summer of the Moon

September 2019

Chevy Chase Library, Chevy Chase, MD

Past, Present, and Future Lunar Exploration: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing from the National Mall

August 2019

Presentation for the Schiller Institute, New York, NY

NASA Lunar Science and Exploration


The Benjamin Banneker Planetarium, The Community College of Baltimore County, MD

International Observe the Moon Night and NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Mission

November 2018

National Informal STEM Education (NISE) Network online workshop

International Observe the Moon Night

September 2016

Webinar for the Science-Technology Activities and Resources Library Education Network (STAR_Net)

To the Moon!

February 2016

NASA Digital Learning Network presentation for 6,000 K–5 students in Durham City Public Schools, with additional classroom views nationally

STEM in America: How NASA Supports Girls and Women in Science

June 2015

Keynote presentation, “Lean In STEM” Conference, Warsaw, Poland

Successfully Engaging Scientists in NASA Education and Public Outreach: Examples from a Teacher Professional Development Workshop Series and a Planetary Analog Festival


Jones, A.P., Hsu, B.C., Bleacher, L.V., Shaner, A.J. ED41B-03, AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA

An Introduction to the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover Mission and the Sample Analysis at Mars Instrument Suite and Education and Public Outreach Program

November 2014

Jones, A.J.P., Bleacher, L.V. 258-3, GSA Annual Meeting, Vancouver, BC, Canada

The Curiosity of Kennedy

December 2013

JFK Plus 50—Passing the Torch, Riverside Church, New York, NY

LRO, LADEE, and Ways to Get Involved in NASA Lunar Science

October 2013

Almost Heaven Star Party, Spruce Knob, WV

Curiosity Update: Mission Overview and Recent Activities

April 2013

Northern Virginia Astronomy Club Meeting, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA

Exploring Mars with NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover

November 2012

30th Annual Star Gaze, C.M. Crockett Park, Fauquier County, VA