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Dr. Amanda Hendrix

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Senior Scientist

Currently resides in Niwot, CO
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Areas of Expertise
Targets: Asteroids, Callisto, Ceres, Deimos, Enceladus, Europa, Ganymede, Iapetus, Icy satellites, Io, Io torus, Moon, Phobos, Planetary rings, Small satellites, Vesta
Disciplines/Techniques: Photometry, Remote sensing, Space-based observing, Spectroscopy
Missions: Cassini, Galileo, HST, IUE, LRO, Mariner 10, Mariner 9
Mission Roles: Instrument Co-Investigator, Mission science team, Science operations
Instruments: Spectrometers

Research Interests

Dr. Amanda Hendrix engages in UV spectroscopy of planetary surfaces including icy satellites, asteroids, Earth’s moon, Mars and Jupiter’s moon Io. She studies surface composition, weathering processes and radiation products.

Professional History

Dr. Hendrix has 20 years of experience in planetary science research. As a graduate student and post-doctoral research at LASP/Univ. Colorado, Hendrix gained valuable experience in UV spectroscopy and instrumentation and began a career of investigating solar system surfaces (largely airless bodies) in the UV. After LASP, she spent 12 years at JPL, progressing from a science planner on Cassini to Deputy Project Scientist, before moving to PSI in 2012. She is a co-investigator on the Cassini UVIS instrument and a Participating Scientist on the LRO LAMP instrument. She has participated in numerous mission studies, including the Europa Orbiter of the Jupiter Joint Science Definition Team (2008-2009) (serving as its Deputy Study Scientist) and the Jovian System Orbiter Science Definition Team (2007). She has led programs and published results in the JSDAP, PG&G, OPR, LASER and CDAP programs, among others. Besides research, she enjoys teaching and sharing her love of planetary science with students and the public. She lives in Boulder, CO.

Honors and Awards

2018 - Minor Planet 6813 Amandahendrix

2006 - JPL Lew Allen Award for Excellence

1995 - NASA Group Achievement Award - Galileo Ida Encounter/Dactyl Discovery Team
2005 - JPL Section 317 Award for Excellence (Cassini Science Planning leadership)
2008 - NASA Group Achievement Award - Cassini Education and Public Outreach Team
2009 - NASA Group Achievement Award - Cassini Magnetosphere Target Working Team
2009 - NASA Group Achievement Award -  Cassini Titan Orbiter Science Team
2009 - NASA Group Achievement Award -  Cassini Rings Target Working Team
2009 - NASA Group Achievement Award -  Cassini Satellite Orbiter Science Team
2009 - NASA Group Achievement Award -  Cassini Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph Team
2009 - NASA Group Achievement Award - Cassini Saturn Tour Flight Team
2010 - NASA Group Achievement Award - The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) Team
2011 - NASA Group Achievement Award - Cassini Solstice Pre-Integration Team

2018 - NASA Certificate of Appreciation - For contributions to the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse

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