Andrew's Open Road
Piece Of Mars (1:12)
Exploding Stardust (2:05)
Guts and Microbes (0:43)
Public Television: Season Three
biology, hobby, keep doors open, life is a gift, life on mars, meteorite, NASA, options, Phd, research, society, space, stardust, taking advantage
Andrew Steele, with his long, wavy hair, pushed haphazardly from his face with a thin, red headband, looks more like the guitarist for a heavy-metal band than an astrobiologist. Today, Andrew has a career that's well suited for him, but the British scientist didn't always know what he wanted professionally. Following his interest in biology, Steele pursued advanced degrees in biochemistry and microbiology. Uncertain where these degrees would lead him, he simply took the path he enjoyed. In the process, he kept doors open for possibilities. Then, in 1996, Steele heard of a 'geezer' from NASA who claimed he had found life on Mars from a bacteria-ridden meteor. Having received his Ph.D. just three weeks earlier, an excited Andrew called up NASA and promised better images of the sample. Because Andrew had previously done some high-powered imaging of bacteria, NASA sent him a piece of meteorite for him to study. After receiving his research, NASA was so impressed with his work that they invited him to join their team. "I sort of object to systems that pigeon-hole you early on into saying you must decide, now, what you need to do. That's a load of BS."