FIFTY YEARS AGO this summer, three men strapped themselves to a rocket and traveled some 237,000 miles to the moon. Lynn Rothschild, meanwhile, was away at summer camp in Maine, and 12 at the time. “One of the counselors realized that it was going to be one of the great moments for mankind,” she recalls of the Apollo 11 lunar landing. “We all huddled around a little black-and-white TV. I must’ve stayed up until 2 in the morning.”
The experience sparked Rothschild’s interest in space. She went on to earn a doctorate in molecular and cell biology at Brown, then joined NASA in 1987. As a leading astrobiologist, she’s helping the agency tackle some of the biggest challenges in its goal to take humans beyond the moon to Mars by the 2030s.
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