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Nalin Samarasinha

Nalin Samarasinha Senior Scientist
Planetary Science Institute



Please visit my Personal Homepage for additional information.

Research Interests:

  • Physics and Chemistry of Cometary Nuclei and Comae
    — including substantial original contributions to rotational studies of nuclei and interpretation of coma morphologies
  • Structural Properties of Small Bodies in the Solar System
  • Rotational and Physical Properties of Trans-Neptunian-Objects
  • Physical Studies of Asteroids

Education and Public Outreach Activities:

  • Research Mentor for a Number of Undergraduate and Graduate Students
  • Outreach Activities (Talks and Star Parties) at Area Schools and at Other Outreach Events
  • Co-Investigator of NASA EPO and multiple NASA IDEA grants
  • Project ASTRO Astronomer Partner


  • Ph.D. in Astronomy — Univeristy of Maryland at College Park, 1992
  • M.S. in Astronomy — University of Maryland at College Park, 1985
  • B.Sc. First Class Honours in Physics — University of Colombo, 1982

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