Deputy Chair, Planetary Protection Panel, Committee on Space Research (COSPAR), International Council for Science
Catharine Conley is deputy chair of the planetary protection panel of the International Council for Science’s Committee on Space Research (COSPAR), which is advisory to the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space. She also serves as NASA planetary protection officer. Previously, Conley held a position as principal investigator of the Actin Cytoskeleton Research Laboratory at NASA Ames Research Center. Her first flight experiment on the Space Shuttle Columbia inadvertently demonstrated that small animals can survive a meteoritic-style atmospheric entry event.