Weathering Life’s Changes

Atmospheric and oceanic science Ph.D. student Samantha Halstead Santez left a six-year museum career to study sea ice. Now, she’s at NASA.

On clear nights in Chicago, Samantha Halstead Santez and her family used to sit on their porch and train their telescope on the sky. In awe of what she saw through that small circle of glass, Halstead Santez—then a third grader—started plotting her future.

“I was going to be an astrophysicist,” she said. “I had a plan.”


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