When Colette Levens ’21 reached out to Thorsten Markus, head of the Cryospheric Sciences Lab at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, she never imagined her phone call would lead to an extraordinary experience.
At 15 years old, Levens is part of MBU’s Program for the Exceptionally Gifted (PEG) and a Global Honors Scholar. She’s an applied math major, runs cross-country, and has a twin sister, Elyse, who is also a PEG student and Global Honors Scholar at MBU. Holding her own among NASA-level scientists just comes naturally.
“I love being around people who enjoy their work,” she said of her visit to the cryospheric lab. “They are excited about it, so I get excited about it.”
And Levens’ enthusiasm won the day. During the course of her visit, Markus invited her to attend the launch of the Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2) at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, a project that had been in the works for 10 years.