Beatrice Mueller, a Senior Scientist at the Planetary Science Institute, hosted a weeklong NASA Planetary Mission Data Analysis Program (PMDAP) meeting in the West Wing conference room in Tucson.
The PMDAP grant is for archiving a large amount of data of comets, asteroids, and planets, observed from 1984 to 1999 on Mt. Bigelow, north of Tucson by University of Arizona Professor Emeritus Uwe Fink and his students. Ron Fevig, now a Professor at the University of North Dakota, was one of the students and is an expert on spectroscopy of solar system objects.
The PMDAP grant also includes students (interns to PSI) from the University of Arizona who learn about archiving and reducing imaging data.
Above, Beatrice Mueller, Intern Albert Reiber and Ron Fevig discuss the procedures for deriving reflectance spectra of asteroids from the raw data.