Dr. Nicholas Castle

Dr. Nicholas Castle has been a rock-collector and space enthusiast for as long as he can remember. Nick is currently an active member of the Mars Science Laboratory (Curiosity Rover) mission operations team, where he helps coordinate activities for the Chemistry and Mineralogy (CheMin) X-ray diffraction instrument.

Outside of mission operations his research focuses on meteorites, especially those from Mars. He is a bit of an instrumentation junkie who works with electron microscopes, mass spectrometers, X-ray diffractometers, high-temperature furnaces, and the occasional laser.

As an associate research scientist at the Planetary Science Institute, he is interested in communicating research results with the general public and promoting science literacy.

A graduate of Lehigh University, the University of Washington, and the University of Alberta, Nick loves fieldwork, camping, sailing, and good espresso. He currently resides in the Arizona desert, but is planning a year-long road trip with his wife to explore the National Parks while promoting science engagement and the outdoors.

You can learn more about Nick and his research on his PSI webpage.

Be sure to follow Nick on Twitter where he is @PlanetaryGeoDoc. You can also track his progress through the National Parks on Twitter where he will be sharing his adventures as @WanderingSci.