Sarah Smith is currently a graduate student at Eastern Michigan University (EMU) pursuing a Masters degree in Geographical Information Sciences and is a member of the Astronomy Club and GeoClub. She is currently a Graduate Assistant and teaches Earth Science 110 and 202 labs. Previously she attended Central Michigan University where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Earth Science and Geography and was active in the school community as a member of the Homecoming Committee, Program Board, and a First Year Experience Mentor. Her love for space started young and exploded with her first trip to the Kennedy Space Center in 2003. Recently she completed an internship at Goddard Space Flight Center in their Graduate Student Summer Program. She was also a member of the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) Crew 85 as the crew Geologist/GIS Tech. MDRS was a two week simulated Mars mission in which Sarah and her crew designed various experiments and got a taste for what life is space was like.
In her spare time Sarah enjoys watching a good movie, playing ice hockey when she can, keeping up to date on current NASA happenings, and relaxing... which as a graduate student there is not much time for that! Her goal is to ultimately apply her GIS knowledge to the application of solar system exploration and perhaps help determine the future landing site for the first people to visit Mars or return to the Moon. She also hopes to one day obtain a PhD in Earth and/or Planetary Sciences.