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Dr. Sarah M. Milkovich

Explorer, Storyteller, Artisan

Dr. Sarah M. Milkovich is a planetary geologist and systems engineer at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where she currently works on the Mars Perseverance Rover. Sarah specializes in the science operations of robotic spacecraft, bridging the science and engineering teams. In this capacity, she has spent over 15 years exploring Mars and Saturn with a variety of spacecraft. Sarah has won JPL and NASA team awards for her efforts to return the best possible science within spacecraft engineering constraints, as well as for excellence in outreach and public engagement. She holds a B.S. in planetary science from Caltech, and a M.S. and Ph.D. from Brown University in planetary geology with studies of ice on Mars, and volcanoes on Mercury.

When not pushing the frontiers of solar system exploration, Sarah looks inward to create art based on her experiences. She is an avid knittter and beader, and enjoys working in watercolor. She also spent many years playing trombone with the Caltech-Occidental Band, including performances at Carnegie Hall and Disney Concert Hall.
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