Kelsey Evans Young

Kelsey Evans Young

  • RESEARCH AST, PLANETARY STUDIES
  • 301.614.6749
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 698
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: NASA
  • Brief Bio

     Kelsey Young’s research focuses on the integration of science into human exploration. Specifically, Young investigates the science questions, tools and instruments, and operational concepts for the exploration of other planetary surfaces. She conducts fieldwork in both impact cratered and volcanic terrains, and evaluates both of these dominant Solar System processes. Young investigates the incorporation of handheld and field portable instruments and technologies into lunar and martian exploration. She conducts research in a number of analog environments, including impact craters, volcanoes, and underwater locations, to simulate a variety of aspects of human space exploration. 

    Research Interests

    Development of handheld instruments for space exploration

    Young's research focuses on the uses and implications of field portable and handheld instruments in the field, both terrestrial and in planetary surface exploration. Her research examines the ideal instrument suites to answer relevant Solar System science questions as well as the operational implications of incorporating these high resolution analytical technologies into the crewed exploration of other planetary bodies.

    Analog field work investigating surface processes on other planets

    Young conducts fieldwork in a number of analog environments, including but not limited to Hawaii, Iceland, California, New Mexico, Arizona, Canada, and more. Young studies processes that shape other planetary surfaces, predominantly volcanology and impact cratering.

    Young is the Co-Lead of GIFT, or the Goddard Instrument Field Team, a team based out of GSFC that uses handheld and field portable instruments in analog environments. GIFT runs field campaigns in analog sites across the globe.

    Exploration technology and operational field tests

    Young serves on the leadership team for several integrated operational field tests run by NASA. She is the Science Lead for both NEEMO (NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations) and NXT (Neoteric Exploration Technologies). She also Co-Leads the Science Operations team for NEEMO and has served as a submersible pilot for NXT.

    Young is a Theme Lead for two SSERVI (Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Instutite) teams, the RISE2 and GEODES teams*. RISE2 involves testing the incorporation of handheld and field portable instruments on human surface exploration timelines and planning. GEODES involves using geophysical instrumentation in human exploration relevant analog environments.
    *RISE2: Remote, In Situ and Synchrotron Studies for Science and Exploration 2 (PI: T. Glotch, Stony Brook)
    GEODES: Geophysical Exploration Of the Dynamics and Evolution of the Solar System (PI: N. Schmerr, UMD)

    Young is the Principle Investigator of two NASA-funded PSTAR grants, the TubeX project and the SHyRE project.
    TubeX aims to develop an exploration strategy for lava tubes on the Earth, the Moon, and Mars.
    SHyRE (Scientific Hybrid Reality Environments) is creating a high scientific fidelity Hybrid Reality (HR) environment based off a lava flow in Hawaii. This HR environment will be used to advance operational concepts for using field portable instruments.

    Young was a member of the Science Team and a crewmember for NASA's Desert RATS (Research and Technology Studies) analog mission.

    Studies of impact craters and volcanology

    Astronaut Training

    Young serves as one of the lead trainers for Earth and Planetary Science training for NASA Astronauts. Training includes both classroom and field-based lessons at NASA JSC and various analog environments.

    Positions/Employment

    4/2018 - Present

    Research Space Scientist

    NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD
    8/2016 - 4/2018

    Exploration Scientist

    Jacobs/UTEP at NASA Johnson Space Center, NASA JSC
    7/2014 - 8/2016

    Postdoctoral Research Associate

    CRESST/University of Maryland, College Park, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Planetary Geodynamics Laboratory
    7/2013 - 5/2014

    Graduate Student Research Associate

    Arizona State University, School of Earth and Space Exploration  
    7/2010 - 7/2013

    NASA Graduate Student Research Fellow

    Arizona State University/NASA Johnson Space Center, School of Earth and Space Exploration
    8/2009 - 7/2010

    Graduate Student Research Associate

    Arizona State University, School of Earth and Space Exploration  

    Education

    2014 - PhD – Geological Sciences, School of Earth and Space Exploration, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

    2012 – M.S. – Geological Sciences, School of Earth and Space Exploration, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

    2009 – B.S. – Geological Sciences, Department of Civil Engineering and Environmental Geosciences, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN

    Professional Service

    2018 - Present    Lunar Exploration Analysis Group (LEAG) Executive Committee, Surface Operations Lead

    Session Chair at Numerous Scientific Meetings (AGU, LPSC, GSA, NASA Exploration Science Forum, etc.)

    Section Co-Lead, New Views of the Moon II Book Volume, Future Lunar Exploration

    Awards

    Fellowships:

    NASA Graduate Student Researchers Program (GSRP) Fellowship – Full funding for three years of graduate work – 2010-2013

    Science Foundation of Arizona Fellowship – Funding for half-year of graduate work, awarded for K-12 Outreach – 2009-2010

    Diversity Across the Curriculum Doctoral Enrichment Fellowship – Funding for half-year of graduate work – 2009-2010

    University Graduate Fellowship – Partial graduate funding – August 2009

    Awards:

    Wiley-Blackwell Award – Given for one of four best student oral presentations at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society

    Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) Career Development Award – Support for the 2012 Lunar and Planetary Science Conference

    School of Earth and Space Exploration Merit Award – Spring 2011

    NASA Group Achievement Award: Awarded to the 2010 Desert-RATS Science Team – Awarded 2011

    Best Mapper Award – Boise State University Summer 2008 Field Camp

    Selected Publications

    Refereed

    Runyon, K. D., D. P. Moriarty, B. W. Denevi, et al. B. T. Greenhagen, G. Morgan, K. E. Young, B. A. Cohen, C. H. van de Bogert, H. Hiesinger, and L. M. Jozwiak. 2019. "Impact Melt Facies in the Moon's Crisium Basin: Identifying, Characterizing, and Future Radiogenic Dating." Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, (Accepted) [10.1029/2019JE006024]

    Young, K. E., J. E. Bleacher, A. D. Rogers, et al. H. H. Schmitt, A. C. McAdam, W. B. Garry, P. L. Whelley, S. P. Scheidt, G. Ito, C. A. Knudson, T. G. Graff, L. V. Bleacher, N. Whelley, C. A. Evans, J. M. Hurtado, and T. D. Glotch. 2018. "The Incorporation of Field Portable Instrumentation Into Human Planetary Surface Exploration." Earth and Space Science, 5: 24 [10.1029/2018ea000378]

    Ito, G., A. D. Rogers, K. E. Young, et al. J. E. Bleacher, C. S. Edwards, J. Hinrichs, C. I. Honniball, P. G. Lucey, D. Piquero, B. Wolfe, and T. D. Glotch. 2018. "Incorporation of Portable Infrared Spectral Imaging Into Planetary Geological Field Work: Analog Studies at Kīlauea Volcano, Hawaii, and Potrillo Volcanic Field, New Mexico." Earth and Space Science, 5: 21 [10.1029/2018ea000375]

    Yant*, M., K. E. Young, A. D. Rogers, et al. A. C. McAdam, J. E. Bleacher, J. L. Bishop, and S. A. Mertzman. 2018. "Visible, near-infrared, and mid-infrared spectral characterization of Hawaiian fumarolic alteration near Kilauea's December 1974 flow: Implications for spectral discrimination of alteration environments on Mars." American Mineralogist, 103 (1): 11-25 [10.2138/am-2018-6116]

    Young, K. E., C. A. Evans, K. V. Hodges, J. E. Bleacher, and T. G. Graff. 2016. "A review of the handheld X-ray fluorescence spectrometer as a tool for field geologic investigations on Earth and in planetary surface exploration." Applied Geochemistry, 72: 77-87 [10.1016/j.apgeochem.2016.07.003]

    Cohen, B. A., D. S. Lim, K. E. Young, et al. A. Brunner, R. C. Elphic, A. Horne, M. C. Kerrigan, G. O. Osinski, J. R. Skok, S. W. Squyres, D. Saint-Jacques, and J. L. Heldmann. 2015. "Pre-Mission Input Requirements to Enable Successful Sample Collection by a Remote Field/EVA Team." Journal of Human Performance in Extreme Environments, 12 (1): [10.7771/2327-2937.1071]

    Bleacher, J. E., J. J. Hurtado, K. E. Young, J. J. Rice, and W. B. Garry. 2013. "The effect of different operations modes on science capabilities during the 2010 Desert RATS test: Insights from the geologist crewmembers." Acta Astronautica, 90 (2): 356-366 [DOI:10.1016/j.actaastro.2011.10.018]

    Hurtado, J. J., K. Young, J. E. Bleacher, W. B. Garry, and J. J. Rice. 2013. "Field geologic observation and sample collection strategies for planetary surface exploration: Insights from the 2010 Desert RATS geologist crewmembers." Acta Astronautica, 90 (2): 344-355 [DOI:10.1016/j.actaastro.2011.10.015]

    Young, K., J. J. Hurtado, J. E. Bleacher, et al. W. B. Garry, S. Bleisath, J. Buffington, and J. J. Rice. 2013. "Tools and technologies needed for conducting planetary field geology while on EVA: Insights from the 2010 Desert RATS geologist crewmembers." Acta Astronautica, 90 (2): 332-343 [DOI:10.1016/j.actaastro.2011.10.016]

    Young, K. E., M. C. van Soest, K. V. Hodges, et al. E. B. Watson, B. A. Adams, and P. Lee. 2013. "Impact thermochronology and the age of Haughton impact structure, Canada." Geophysical Research Letters, 40: 3836-3840 [doi:10.1002/grl.50745]

    Eppler, D., B. Adams, D. Archer, et al. G. Baiden, A. Brown, W. Carey, B. A. Cohen, C. Condit, C. Evans, C. Fortezzo, W. B. Garry, T. Graff, J. Gruener, J. Heldmann, K. Hodges, F. Horz, J. Hurtado, B. Hynek, P. Isaacson, C. Juranek, K. Klaus, D. Kring, N. Lanza, S. Lederer, G. Lofgren, M. Marinova, L. May, J. Meyer, D. Ming, B. Monteleone, C. Morisset, S. Noble, E. Rampe, J. Rice, J. Schutt, J. Skinner, C. M. Tewksbury-Christle, B. J. Tewksbury, A. Vaughan, A. Yingst, and K. Young. 2013. "Desert Research and Technology Studies (DRATS) 2010 science operations: Operational approaches and lessons learned for managing science during human planetary surface missions." Acta Astronautica, 90: 224-241 [DOI:10.1016/j.actaastro.2012.03.009]

    Ashley, J. W., M. S. Robinson, B. R. Hawke, et al. C. van der Bogert, H. Hiesinger, S. Hiroyuki, E. J. Speyerer, A. C. Enns, R. V. Wagner, K. E. Young, and K. N. Burns. 2012. "Geology of the King crater region: New insights into impact melt dynamics on the Moon." Journal of Geophysical Research - Planets, 117 (E00H29): [10.1029/2011JE003990]

    Evans, C. A., M. J. Calaway, M. S. Bell, and K. E. Young. 2012. "GeoLab - A habitat-based laboratory for preliminary examination of geological samples." Acta Astronautica, 90 (2): 289-300 [10.1016/j.actaastro.2011.12.008]

    Brief Bio

     Kelsey Young’s research focuses on the integration of science into human exploration. Specifically, Young investigates the science questions, tools and instruments, and operational concepts for the exploration of other planetary surfaces. She conducts fieldwork in both impact cratered and volcanic terrains, and evaluates both of these dominant Solar System processes. Young investigates the incorporation of handheld and field portable instruments and technologies into lunar and martian exploration. She conducts research in a number of analog environments, including impact craters, volcanoes, and underwater locations, to simulate a variety of aspects of human space exploration. 

    Selected Publications

    Refereed

    Runyon, K. D., D. P. Moriarty, B. W. Denevi, et al. B. T. Greenhagen, G. Morgan, K. E. Young, B. A. Cohen, C. H. van de Bogert, H. Hiesinger, and L. M. Jozwiak. 2019. "Impact Melt Facies in the Moon's Crisium Basin: Identifying, Characterizing, and Future Radiogenic Dating." Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets (Accepted) [10.1029/2019JE006024]

    Young, K. E., J. E. Bleacher, A. D. Rogers, et al. H. H. Schmitt, A. C. McAdam, W. B. Garry, P. L. Whelley, S. P. Scheidt, G. Ito, C. A. Knudson, T. G. Graff, L. V. Bleacher, N. Whelley, C. A. Evans, J. M. Hurtado, and T. D. Glotch. 2018. "The Incorporation of Field Portable Instrumentation Into Human Planetary Surface Exploration." Earth and Space Science 5 24 [10.1029/2018ea000378]

    Ito, G., A. D. Rogers, K. E. Young, et al. J. E. Bleacher, C. S. Edwards, J. Hinrichs, C. I. Honniball, P. G. Lucey, D. Piquero, B. Wolfe, and T. D. Glotch. 2018. "Incorporation of Portable Infrared Spectral Imaging Into Planetary Geological Field Work: Analog Studies at Kīlauea Volcano, Hawaii, and Potrillo Volcanic Field, New Mexico." Earth and Space Science 5 21 [10.1029/2018ea000375]

    Yant*, M., K. E. Young, A. D. Rogers, et al. A. C. McAdam, J. E. Bleacher, J. L. Bishop, and S. A. Mertzman. 2018. "Visible, near-infrared, and mid-infrared spectral characterization of Hawaiian fumarolic alteration near Kilauea's December 1974 flow: Implications for spectral discrimination of alteration environments on Mars." American Mineralogist 103 (1): 11-25 [10.2138/am-2018-6116]

    Young, K. E., C. A. Evans, K. V. Hodges, J. E. Bleacher, and T. G. Graff. 2016. "A review of the handheld X-ray fluorescence spectrometer as a tool for field geologic investigations on Earth and in planetary surface exploration." Applied Geochemistry 72 77-87 [10.1016/j.apgeochem.2016.07.003]

    Cohen, B. A., D. S. Lim, K. E. Young, et al. A. Brunner, R. C. Elphic, A. Horne, M. C. Kerrigan, G. O. Osinski, J. R. Skok, S. W. Squyres, D. Saint-Jacques, and J. L. Heldmann. 2015. "Pre-Mission Input Requirements to Enable Successful Sample Collection by a Remote Field/EVA Team." Journal of Human Performance in Extreme Environments 12 (1): [10.7771/2327-2937.1071]

    Bleacher, J. E., J. J. Hurtado, K. E. Young, J. J. Rice, and W. B. Garry. 2013. "The effect of different operations modes on science capabilities during the 2010 Desert RATS test: Insights from the geologist crewmembers." Acta Astronautica 90 (2): 356-366 [DOI:10.1016/j.actaastro.2011.10.018]

    Hurtado, J. J., K. Young, J. E. Bleacher, W. B. Garry, and J. J. Rice. 2013. "Field geologic observation and sample collection strategies for planetary surface exploration: Insights from the 2010 Desert RATS geologist crewmembers." Acta Astronautica 90 (2): 344-355 [DOI:10.1016/j.actaastro.2011.10.015]

    Young, K., J. J. Hurtado, J. E. Bleacher, et al. W. B. Garry, S. Bleisath, J. Buffington, and J. J. Rice. 2013. "Tools and technologies needed for conducting planetary field geology while on EVA: Insights from the 2010 Desert RATS geologist crewmembers." Acta Astronautica 90 (2): 332-343 [DOI:10.1016/j.actaastro.2011.10.016]

    Young, K. E., M. C. van Soest, K. V. Hodges, et al. E. B. Watson, B. A. Adams, and P. Lee. 2013. "Impact thermochronology and the age of Haughton impact structure, Canada." Geophysical Research Letters 40 3836-3840 [doi:10.1002/grl.50745]

    Eppler, D., B. Adams, D. Archer, et al. G. Baiden, A. Brown, W. Carey, B. A. Cohen, C. Condit, C. Evans, C. Fortezzo, W. B. Garry, T. Graff, J. Gruener, J. Heldmann, K. Hodges, F. Horz, J. Hurtado, B. Hynek, P. Isaacson, C. Juranek, K. Klaus, D. Kring, N. Lanza, S. Lederer, G. Lofgren, M. Marinova, L. May, J. Meyer, D. Ming, B. Monteleone, C. Morisset, S. Noble, E. Rampe, J. Rice, J. Schutt, J. Skinner, C. M. Tewksbury-Christle, B. J. Tewksbury, A. Vaughan, A. Yingst, and K. Young. 2013. "Desert Research and Technology Studies (DRATS) 2010 science operations: Operational approaches and lessons learned for managing science during human planetary surface missions." Acta Astronautica 90 224-241 [DOI:10.1016/j.actaastro.2012.03.009]

    Ashley, J. W., M. S. Robinson, B. R. Hawke, et al. C. van der Bogert, H. Hiesinger, S. Hiroyuki, E. J. Speyerer, A. C. Enns, R. V. Wagner, K. E. Young, and K. N. Burns. 2012. "Geology of the King crater region: New insights into impact melt dynamics on the Moon." Journal of Geophysical Research - Planets 117 (E00H29): [10.1029/2011JE003990]

    Evans, C. A., M. J. Calaway, M. S. Bell, and K. E. Young. 2012. "GeoLab - A habitat-based laboratory for preliminary examination of geological samples." Acta Astronautica 90 (2): 289-300 [10.1016/j.actaastro.2011.12.008]

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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