In the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, the massive asteroid (16) Psyche, three times farther from the Sun than Earth, holds vast metal resources, potentially equivalent to the world's total economy. Lindy Elkins-Tanton, the Principal Investigator of NASA's $800 million Psyche mission, navigates an extraordinary journey from childhood trauma to becoming the second woman awarded a major NASA space exploration contract. The memoir, "A Portrait of the Scientist as a Young Woman," beautifully explores how a life philosophy can be shaped through scientific inquiry, emphasizing the importance of asking the right questions and finding meaning in the wonders of the universe.
Written by Lindy Elkins-Tanton. Published by William Morrow, 2022. Softcover, 272 pages.