Pascal Lee is a planetary scientist at the Mars Institute and the SETI Institute, and the director of the NASA Haughton-Mars Project, the leading Moon and Mars analog field research project on Devon Island, High Arctic. He is based at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California. Dr. Lee is internationally known for his research on the Moon, Mars, the moons of Mars, and the future human exploration of these worlds.
Pascal has been drawing and painting since childhood. He grew up in Hong Kong and Paris, and was taught to sketch by his father who was an architect. After wintering over 402 days in Antarctica as part of his national service for France, Pascal came to America to pursue his dreams of planetary science and space travel. He earned a Ph.D in astronomy and space sciences at Cornell University where he was Joe Veverka’s last graduate student and Carl Sagan’s last T.A..
Here’s what Pascal says about what he draws and paints: “My artwork is about space and time, and our tiny yet hopeful place in their vastness. I like to explore our distant past, the events we've survived, our profound cosmic loneliness, and where we might go from here. I have a spacetime machine in my garage with which I journey to distant worlds and visit other epochs. My artwork is the travel log.”