She’s a priest. You’ll never guess her other job.

By Gregory McNamee

June 14, 2021

When Rev. Pamela Conrad looks into the heavens, she really looks into the heavens.

By night, and at odd moments during the day, Conrad moonlights as a research scientist at the Carnegie Institution of Science in Washington, DC. A member of the tactical operations team for the Mars Perseverance rover mission, she is a co-investigator for two scientific instrument suites, acquiring and analyzing data, and collaborating in team planning, with colleagues at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, and other scientific institutions around the country.

By day, the 68-year-old is an Episcopal priest, leading a congregation at St. Alban's Episcopal Church, in Glen Burnie, Maryland.

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