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About Amanda

Oti at Kazan
Picture of Amanda

I study Moon rocks brought back from the Apollo missions. I use data from satellites orbiting the Moon to remotely study lunar rocks.


I am a third year graduate student at the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory in the University of Arizona, working towards my PhD. I study a variety of lunar rocks, from basalts, to breccias, to impact melts. I like studying rocks because they are a physical portion of a larger process, such as lunar volcanism, or impact cratering.

In my spare time, I enjoy going on hikes, exploring the outdoors, going on adventures and road trips, and eating a variety of foods. Recently (summer of 2018), I went on the Trans Siberian Railway, which was incredibly awesome. I went from Moscow, to the Ural Mountains, to Lake Baikal, to Mongolia, to Beijing and the Great Wall of China. All of the places I visited were incredible! When I travel, I travel with a stuffed rabbit companion named Oti. He really likes road trips most of all, and has been all over the United States and is beginning to travel the world. Above is a picture of Oti at a mosque in Kazan, Russia.



"You develop an instant global consciousness, a people orientation, an intense dissatisfaction with the state of the world, and a compulsion to do something about it. From out there on the moon, international politics look so petty." – Edgar Mitchell