Zachary Gallegos

Planetary Scientist

Zachary Gallegos is a born-and-raised New Mexican with a lifelong focus in geology and space exploration. Zach earned a B.S. in Earth and Planetary Science from the University of New Mexico in 2010, followed by a residency at NASA’s Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston where he studied and proposed ideal localities to send future human missions to the Moon. He is now a graduate student at the University of New Mexico and a member of the Mars Science Laboratory rover ChemCam instrument team. Currently, his research involves long-distance imagery analysis of alluvial fans visible from the rover, as well as evaluation of future human exploration zones on Mars. Zachary is also among the top 100 candidates for the Mars One one-way mission to Mars (