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Troy Lee Hudson is the gay astrophysicist instrumental in NASA’s recent InSight Mars landing, and a proud member of the leather community. He tells DNA about his journey to Mars!
Photography by Gabriel Goldberg

AT FIRST glance Troy Lee Hudson seems

Like your typical hot, older dude – dare we say daddy – with a sharp beard, pumped muscles and a killer smile. He has a little something extra to dazzle you with, though. He’s also an astrophysicist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), the world’s leading centre for robotic exploration of the solar system. As an openly gay scientist at the top of his field, Troy is well aware he’s still something of a rarity.

“For me, my role models in science and my role models as LGBT people have always been separate”, he explained to DNA in his hometown of Los Angeles. “That’s why I’m thrilled to have an opportunity to fill that gap; to show people that this combination of sexuality and career is not only possible, but is, in fact, quite common.”

Not surprisingly, for someone who has just been involved in helping the InSight Mars Lander mission successfully land a rover on the red planet at the end of 2018, Troy says the best thing about his day job is “being on Mars!”

DNA: You’re an astrophysicist for NASA based in California. When you were growing up was this the job you always wanted to do?

Troy: I’ve always wanted to work in space. Had I the chance, I’d gladly do what I do from orbit. My formative years coincided with the first Golden Age of scientific space exploration. Vikings 1 and 2 had landed on Mars and provided us with our first global picture of the red planet; the Voyager spacecraft began its grand tour right around the time I was born; the first Space Shuttle launched in 1980, and Carl Sagan’s Cosmos series premiered on TV that same year.

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