Michael L. Wong

Michael L. Wong

Grad student in the Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences

Hometown: Palo Alto, California

Date of this Interview: April 27, 2020

What do you research?

I study planetary science and astrobiology. Specifically, I try to better understand the potential for life on other worlds and how we can look for signs of life elsewhere in the universe.

Why does space inspire you?

Space inspires me because it is full of possibilities. It invites us to wonder, to dare mighty things, and to come together to solve difficult problems. If there's one thing that space exploration has taught me, it's to expect the unexpected. Also, space is beautiful. There's something romantic about thinking about other worlds and knowing that they'll find a way to surprise you, each in its own way.

What’s one thing you’re grateful for in this difficult time?

I am grateful for my brilliant, caring, and inspiring colleagues who keep me intellectually and socially stimulated despite our great physical distances.

If you were a celestial body which celestial body would you be and why?


I have a soft spot for Titan, so I'll go with that.

A picture of Michael in the KISS building!

A picture of Michael in the KISS building!