Dr. Angélica Anglés is a planetary scientist and astrobiologist whose research is centered around the search for extraterrestrial life on Mars. She is also an analogue astronaut, a senior researcher at the Iceland Space Agency, and a pianist.
Anglés completed her Ph.D. in Astrobiology/Planetary Exploration at the University of Hong Kong, where she prepared for future Mars sample return missions by studying the geological features of the Qaidam Basin in Tibet. Her research in Tibet led to her being invited to participate in the third Landing Site Selection Workshop for the NASA Mars 2020 planetary mission, where she presented Holden Crater (with the Qaidam Basin as its terrestrial analogue) as her favored landing site.
Anglés has published several scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals and co-authored a book. She has also done a lot of public outreach, with multiple radio interviews, TV and social media appearances. In 2020, she was awarded the title of Visionary Woman by Harper’s BAZAAR magazine.
Anglés is a passionate advocate for space exploration and STEM education. She is also a role model for women and minorities in science. She is a true pioneer in the search for extraterrestrial life, and her work is helping to pave the way for future human missions to Mars.
Dr. Anglés is an inspiration to us all, and her work is helping to shape the future of space exploration.