Rachel Zimmerman Brachman

Rachel Zimmerman Brachman
Contact Information
Organization:Solar System & Technology Education & Public Outreach
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Mail Stop 111-B80
4800 Oak Grove Drive
Pasadena, CA 91109 USA
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Rachel Zimmerman Brachman
Solar System, Technology, Earth, and Exoplanets Public Outreach Specialist
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Pasadena, California

Since 2003, Rachel has worked on various Education and Public Outreach projects at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), including outreach for the proposed Jupiter Icy Moons Orbiter mission and coordination of JPL's Minority Education Initiatives summer internship programs. She was a Formal Education Specialist for the Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn and Titan. Rachel has also worked on Education and Public Outreach for two NASA Astrobiology Institutes, the Astrobiology of Icy Worlds project and the Titan as a Prebiotic Chemical System project.  Currently she is working on Radioisotope Power Systems Public Engagement as well as working on the GLOBE Observer citizen science program.  She is the project manager for Project Panoptes, in which people build their own telescopes to search for transiting exoplanets.  Rachel runs an annual international essay contest for middle school and high school students called "Scientist for a Day".

Rachel has a bachelor's degree in physics from Brandeis University in Massachusetts, and a Master of Space Studies from the International Space University in Strasbourg, France. Prior to joining JPL, Rachel worked at the NASA Ames Research Center, the Canadian Space Agency, The Planetary Society, and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech).

She has received international recognition for her innovations in the field of assistive technology. She is a founding member of the Space Generation Forum, and co-founder of the Women in Science Club at Brandeis University and the Association for the Development of Aerospace Medicine at McGill University in Montreal. Since 2010, she has been on the board of Science Education for Students with Disabilities.

Professional Information
Primary Forum:Planetary Science
My SMD Projects:

Cassini mission to Saturn, Radioisotope Power Systems, Astrobiology of Icy Worlds, Astrobiology of Titan, SEPOF, Year of the Solar System, Eyes on the Solar System

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My Professional Societies:

National Science Teachers Association, California Science Teachers Association, Science Education for Students with Disabilities