Dr. Rachel A. Slank
Dr. Rachel Slank received her Ph.D. in Space and Planetary Science from the University of Arkansas. Her research focused on understanding martian salts and their implications for liquid water. Half of her dissertation focused on deliquescence of calcium perchlorate mixed with a martian analog in a Mars simulation chamber. She also analyzed field data from the Atacama Desert with different salts and salt/regolith samples to study their deliquescence/efflorescence cycles throughout six months. The dissertation also consisted of modeled deliquescence relative humidity (DRH) and the eutonic relative humidity of ternary salt mixtures of chloride, chlorate, and perchlorate with either calcium or magnesium to determine the ideal salt concentration for liquid water. Dr. Slank received her MS from the University of Texas at El Paso, with her research focusing on discovering subsurface cavities on the Moon using thermal inertia.