Dr. Pascal Lee
Planetary Scientist at Mars Institute and SETI Institute
Pascal Lee is chairman of the Mars Institute and a planetary scientist at the SETI Institute. He is best known as the intrepid leader of NASA’s Haughton-Mars Project expeditions to the Arctic, a research project dedicated to planning humanity’s future voyages to the Red Planet. Pascal’s interest in space began at an early age. When he was six, he built his first “spaceship” by putting a laundry basket on roller skates. He refined his skills by studying physics and geology at the University of Paris, and went on to get a PhD in astronomy and space sciences at Cornell University. He is based at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California. He is the author of the new book, “Mission: Mars” (Scholastic), available through Scholastic Reading Club and book stores nationwide (Nov.1, 2013).