Dr. Kelly Fast grew up in the shadows of both the Hollywood sign and the Griffith Observatory. Sprinkled with heavy doses of Space:1999 and Star Trek, her passion for astronomy took hold. With telescope in tow, she scoured the skies for all things celestial that might be glimpsed through the light pollution of Los Angeles. She earned her B.S. in Astrophysics from UCLA and her Ph.D. in Astronomy from the University of Maryland. She studied the atmospheric composition of Mars, Jupiter and Titan as a researcher at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, and her observing experience includes the 1994 impact of comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 with Jupiter. Dr. Fast is now stationed at NASA Headquarters in Washington, where her multi-faceted duties include serving as program scientist for NASA’s Infrared Telescope Facility on Maunakea, deputy program scientist for the MAVEN spacecraft currently orbiting Mars, and program manager for the Near-Earth Object Observations Program in NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office.