Listen to this episode of Working with guest Ellen Stofan:
Ellen Stofan, who serves as chief scientist at NASA, has a job like no one else in this world—or on any other. She trained as a geologist, using radar data to study volcanic activity throughout the solar system. Today, however, she helps coordinate NASA’s scientific strategies across fields and disciplines. Sometimes that means reading through huge stacks of recent research, other times it’s about carrying NASA’s message to the public. To help us better understand what she does, she took us through a typical day—and offered some exciting suggestions about where NASA might be headed.
In a Slate Plus extra, Stofan tells us about her love for Titan, a moon of Saturn that’s much like Earth in some ways but profoundly alien in others. If you’re a member, enjoy bonus segments and interview transcripts from Working, plus other great podcast exclusives. Start your two-week free trial at slate.com/workingplus.
Podcast production by Mickey Capper.