Alumna Kennda Lynch featured on Netflix Explained

Charlotte Collins
7/9/2018

ISE alumna Kennda Lynch became fascinated by astrobiology in her time as an undergraduate at Illinois.

“I wanted to get more into this whole question about the science of extraterrestrial life and looking for it," says Lynch.

After working as a systems engineer for Lockheed Martin Space Operations, earning a NASA fellowship and studying Mars as a postdoctoral fellow, her astrobiology career has reached a new frontier; Lynch was featured in the Netflix series Explained, by Vox, in which she talks about extraterrestrial life.

The docuseries premiered earlier this summer and is composed of 15-20 minute episodes covering a wide range of different topics including K-Pop, cryptocurrency and the racial wealth gap. Lynch appears in the ninth and final installment of the series' first season. 

Lynch examining microbial mats in the Pilot Valley Basin, a paleolake basin in Utah. Photo by NASA Astrobiology Institute.
Lynch examining microbial mats in the Pilot Valley Basin, a paleolake basin in Utah. Photo by NASA Astrobiology Institute.

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