Caroline Beghein, associate professor of Earth, planetary and space sciences at UCLA, was selected to join NASA’s InSight team, which will study Mars’ surface and interior, as part of the space agency’s participating scientist program.

InSight stands for interior exploration using seismic investigations, geodesy and heat transport, and is the first outer space robotic explorer to study Mars crust, mantle and core in-depth. Beghein and her team will be using the seismic signals generated by the robotic explorer to map the planet’s deep interior. Her contribution will help improve knowledge of the thermal state of the interior of the planet and uncover how Mars and other rocky planets formed.

Beghein’s research focuses on seismic tomography and numerical modeling of Earth’s structure using seismic data at the global and the regional scales.