Joseph Mascaro
Program Manager for Impact Initiatives, Planet Labs

Joe Mascaro is an ecologist, a science writer, and a programme manager for impact initiatives at Planet Labs. His work has appeared in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle and The Space Review. He lives in San Francisco, California.

Written by Joseph Mascaro

A prototype 13-kilowatt Hall thruster being tested for solar-electric propulsion. Photo NASA

Essay/
Space exploration
To save Earth, go to Mars

If head-on problem-solving can’t save the Earth, maybe lateral innovation can. Will low-cost space research pave the way?

Joe Mascaro