Lucy McFadden

NASA/GSFC, Code 693

I was born the fifth child of six in New York City during the baby-boom following the Second World War. I aspired to be a lepidopterist (after spending summers in elementary school outside of the City), a lawyer (after working on a local political campaign in high school in Massachusetts) and a photographer/film maker (after deciding not to compete with numerous class mates in college who went on to become serious contributors to documentary film making). How did I end up in the community of planetary scientists,  a Co-Investigator of 3 NASA missions, a Chief for Higher Education at Goddard Space Flight Center, then Emerita-ville in 2016?  I will share a few discrete stories of obsessive enthusiasm leading to thrills, disappointments, but most of all the joys of exploring and understanding our solar system.