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Experts on Mars

Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun and the second smallest planet in the Solar System, after Mercury. Named after the Roman god of war, it is often referred to as the "Red Planet" because the iron oxide prevalent on its surface gives it a reddish appearance.[16] Mars is a terrestrial planet with a thin atmosphere, having surface features reminiscent both of the impact craters of the Moon and the volcanoes, valleys, deserts, and polar ice caps of Earth.

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Name Missions & Mission Experience Targets Techniques Major Facilities & Instrument Development
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Oleg Abramov
Europa Clipper ** Calibration/Test planning, Instrument Co-Investigator, Mission science team, Science operations Earth, Europa, Mars, Moon Astrobiology, Impacts, Remote sensing, Thermal modeling Cameras, Spectrometers
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Oded Aharonson
Cassini, LRO, Mars Global Surveyor, MER, MRO Icy satellites, Mars, Moon Geology
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Alice Baldridge
Mars
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Maria Banks
LRO, MESSENGER, MRO, New Horizons, Phoenix Mars Lander ** Data archive, Data validation, Instrument operations, Mission operations, Mission science team, Science operations Charon, Earth, Europa, Mars, Mercury, Moon, Phobos, Pluto, Venus Climate, Crater Counting, Education/Public Outreach, Field Work, Geology, Geomorphology, Impacts, Mapping, Radar, Remote sensing, Tectonics Cameras
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Bruce Barraclough
ACE, Cassini, Dawn, GENESIS, Lunar Prospector, Ulysses ** Calibration/Test planning, Data validation, Deputy Instrument PI, Instrument operations, Instrument PI Mars, Moon, Solar particles/Solar wind Gamma-ray detectors, Neutron detectors, Plasma spectrometers
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Steve Bender
MSL ** Calibration/Test planning, Data validation, Electronics design, Instrument operations, Optical design Mars Spectroscopy Spectrometers
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Dan Berman
Dawn, MRO, MSL Ceres, Mars, Moon, Vesta Volcanism, Crater Counting, Geomorphology, Mapping
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Mark Bishop
Earth, Mars, Titan Remote sensing, Volcanism, Geology, Education/Public Outreach, Geomorphology
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Mary Bourke
Mars Field Work, Geomorphology
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Karen Cahill
Mars Odyssey, MER, MESSENGER, MRO ** Mission science team Asteroids, Earth, Mars, Mercury, Meteorites, Moon Education/Public Outreach, Field Work, Geology, Mapping, Mineralogy, Petrology, Remote sensing, Spectroscopy, Thermal Emission Spectroscopy, Volcanism Imaging spectrometers, Spectrometers
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Frank Chuang
Galileo, LRO, Mars Global Surveyor, Mars Odyssey, MRO ** Mission science team Callisto, Earth, Europa, Ganymede, Icy satellites, Io, Mars, Moon Crater Counting, Geology, Geomorphology, Impacts, Mapping, Remote sensing, Volcanism
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Roger Clark
Cassini, Chandrayaan 1 (India), Europa Clipper, Galileo, Mars Global Surveyor, Mars Observer, MRO ** Instrument Co-Investigator, Mission Co-Investigator Asteroids, Ceres, Comets, Dwarf planets, Earth, Exoplanets, Icy satellites, Interplanetary Dust, Io, Jupiter, Kuiper Belt, Mars, Mercury, Moon, Neptune, Planetary rings, Pluto, Saturn, Small satellites, Titan, Uranus, Venus, Vesta Space-based observing, Spectroscopy, Remote sensing, Photometry, Numerical modeling, Geology, Ground-based observing, Mineralogy, Mapping
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Steve Clifford
Mars Express (ESA), Rosetta ** Mission Co-Investigator, Mission science team Earth, Icy satellites, Mars Field Work, Geology, Geomorphology, Numerical modeling, Radar, Remote sensing, Thermal modeling
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Patricia Craig
MSL ** Data validation, Instrument operations, Science operations Mars Astrobiology, Education/Public Outreach, Field Work, Geology, Mineralogy, Scanning Electron Microscopy, Spectroscopy, X-ray spectroscopy FTIR, X-ray spectrometers
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David Crown
Dawn, Mars Odyssey, MRO Ceres, Dwarf planets, Earth, Icy satellites, Io, Mars, Moon, Venus Crater Counting, Education/Public Outreach, Field Work, Geology, Geomorphology, Mapping, Radar, Remote sensing, Tectonics, Volcanism
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Darby Dyar
MSL Earth, Mars, Mercury, Moon, Venus Spectroscopy, Remote sensing, Petrology, Geology, Education/Public Outreach, Mineralogy, Astrobiology
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William Feldman
ACE, Dawn, Giotto (ESA), Lunar Prospector, Mariner 10, Mars Observer, Mars Odyssey, MESSENGER, Pioneer 10, Pioneer 11, Ulysses ** Calibration/Test planning, Data validation, Instrument operations, Instrument PI, Mission Co-Investigator, Mission science team, Requirements generation and flow down Ceres, Mars, Mercury, Moon, Solar particles/Solar wind, Vesta Space-based observing, Spectroscopy, Remote sensing, Education/Public Outreach, Neutron detectors
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Robert Gaskell
Cassini, Dawn, MESSENGER, OSIRIS-REx, Rosetta, Voyager Asteroids, Comets, Earth, Icy satellites, Io, Mars, Mercury, Moon, Small satellites, Vesta Shape modeling
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Rebecca Ghent
LRO, Mars 2020, OSIRIS-REx Asteroids, Earth, Mars, Mercury, Moon, Venus Remote sensing, Radar, Tectonics, Volcanism, Numerical modeling, Geology, Ground-based observing, Mapping
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Jules Goldspiel
Mars Numerical modeling, Geology, Geomorphology
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Jennifer Grier
Asteroids, Ceres, Mars, Mercury, Moon, Small satellites, Vesta Crater Counting, Education/Public Outreach, Geology, Remote sensing, Spectroscopy
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David Grinspoon
MSL, New Horizons Earth, Exoplanets, Icy satellites, Mars, Pluto, Venus Education/Public Outreach, Astrobiology
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Candice Hansen
Cassini, Europa Clipper, Juno, MRO, Voyager Dwarf planets, Icy satellites, Jupiter, Mars, Pluto, Titan Spectroscopy, Remote sensing, Geology, Education/Public Outreach
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Bill Hartmann
Mariner 9 Asteroids, Comets, Earth, Mars, Meteorites, Moon, Small satellites Crater Counting, Education/Public Outreach, Ground-based observing, Volcanism
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Anton Ivanov
Mars Express (ESA), MSL Mars Radar, Geomorphology
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Catherine Johnson
MESSENGER, OSIRIS-REx Asteroids, Earth, Mars, Mercury, Moon, Small satellites, Venus Tectonics, Volcanism, Education/Public Outreach, Magnetospherics
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Andrea Jones
LRO, MSL Earth, Mars, Moon Geology, Education/Public Outreach
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Emily Joseph
Cassini, MSL Mars, Saturn Spectroscopy, Education/Public Outreach, Crater Counting, Mapping
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Kim Kuhlman
GENESIS, Phoenix Mars Lander ** Mission science team Asteroids, Earth, Mars, Moon, Small satellites, Solar particles/Solar wind Astrobiology, Atom Probe Tomography, Atomic Force Microscopy, Education/Public Outreach, Field Work, Focused Ion Beam, Gamma-ray spectroscopy, Geology, Geomorphology, Mass spectroscopy, Mineralogy, Neutron detectors, Numerical modeling, Scanning Electron Microscopy, Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy, Secondary Ion Mass Spectroscopy, Space-based observing, Spectroscopy, X-ray spectroscopy Cameras
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Jim McElwaine
Asteroids, Ceres, Comets, Earth, Icy satellites, Mars, Moon, Planetary rings, Pluto, Small satellites, Titan, Vesta Shape modeling, Radar, Numerical modeling, Geomorphology
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Scott Mest
Dawn, LRO, Mars Odyssey, MRO Asteroids, Ceres, Dwarf planets, Mars, Moon, Vesta Remote sensing, Geology, Crater Counting, Geomorphology, Mapping
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Michelle Minitti
MSL ** Instrument Co-Investigator Mars, Meteorites Education/Public Outreach, Geology, Petrology, Spectroscopy
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Gareth Morgan
LRO, MRO ** Instrument Co-Investigator Earth, Mars, Mercury, Moon, Venus Field Work, Geology, Geomorphology, Radar, Volcanism
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Eldar Noe Dobrea
Dawn, Mars Odyssey, MER, MRO, MSL Asteroids, Ceres, Mars, Moon Astrobiology, Geology, Geomorphology, Mineralogy, Remote sensing, Spectroscopy
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Dorothy Oehler
MSL ** Mission science team, Science operations Earth, Mars Astrobiology, Focused Ion Beam, Geology, Geomorphology, Mapping, Optical Microscopy, Raman Spectroscopy, Scanning Electron Microscopy, Secondary Ion Mass Spectroscopy
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Asmin Pathare
Mars Climate, Crater Counting, Neutron spectroscopy
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Matthew Perry
MRO Earth, Mars Education/Public Outreach, Field Work, Geology, Geomorphology, Numerical modeling, Planetary Interiors, Radar, Tectonics, Thermal modeling
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Thomas Platz
Dawn Ceres, Earth, Mars, Moon Remote sensing, Petrology, Volcanism, Geology, Crater Counting, Geomorphology, Mapping
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Thomas Prettyman
Dawn, Lunar Prospector, Mars Odyssey ** Calibration/Test planning, Data archive, Data validation, Electronics design, Flight Software, Instrument operations, Instrument PI, Mission Co-Investigator, Mission science team, Requirements generation and flow down Asteroids, Ceres, Comets, Dwarf planets, Earth, Mars, Mercury, Meteorites, Moon, Small satellites, Venus, Vesta Education/Public Outreach, Geology, Mapping, Neutron detectors, Numerical modeling, Remote sensing, Shape modeling, Space-based observing
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Nathaniel Putzig
Mars Express (ESA), Mars Global Surveyor, Mars Insight, Mars Odyssey, MER, MRO, MSL, Phoenix Mars Lander ** Data archive, Data validation, Deputy Instrument PI, Instrument Co-Investigator, Instrument operations, Mission Co-Investigator, Mission operations, Mission science team, Science operations Earth, Mars Climate, Field Work, Geology, Geomorphology, Mapping, Numerical modeling, Planetary Interiors, Radar, Remote sensing, Tectonics, Thermal Emission Spectroscopy, Thermal modeling, Volcanism Cameras, Imaging spectrometers, Spectrometers
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Robert Reedy
Apollo, Dawn, Kaguya (Japan), LDEF, Lunar Scout, Mars Observer, Mars Odyssey, NEAR Mars, Moon, Small satellites, Vesta Spectroscopy, Remote sensing, Neutron spectroscopy, Gamma-ray spectroscopy, Mapping
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Jim Rice
Cassini, Europa Clipper, Mars Global Surveyor, MRO Mars Geology, Ground-based observing, Mapping, Mineralogy, Numerical modeling, Photometry, Remote sensing, Space-based observing
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Alexis Palmero Rodriguez
Mars Geology, Geomorphology, Mapping
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Norbert Schorghofer
Dawn ** Mission science team Ceres, Earth, Mars, Moon Astrobiology, Climate, Field Work, Geomorphology, Numerical modeling
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Matt Siegler
LRO Mars, Mercury, Moon Education/Public Outreach
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Hanna Sizemore
Dawn, Phoenix Mars Lander ** Mission science team Ceres, Mars Climate, Mapping, Numerical modeling, Thermal modeling
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Elizabeth Sklute
Earth, Enceladus, Europa, Exoplanets, Mars, Titan Astrobiology, Mineralogy, Numerical modeling, Raman Spectroscopy, Spectroscopy FTIR, Spectrometers
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Isaac Smith
MRO ** Instrument Co-Investigator, Science operations Mars Atmospheres, Climate, Education/Public Outreach, Geology, Geomorphology, Radar
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Robert Tokar
Cassini, Mars Odyssey, MSL, Voyager Earth, Gas giants, Icy satellites, Interplanetary Dust, Io, Jupiter, Mars, Saturn, Solar particles/Solar wind Space-based observing, Spectroscopy, Remote sensing, Numerical modeling, Neutron detectors, Magnetospherics Gamma-ray detectors, Mass spectrometers, Neutron detectors, Plasma spectrometers
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Bryan Travis
Asteroids, Ceres, Earth, Icy satellites, Mars Space-based observing, Remote sensing, Numerical modeling, Mineralogy, Astrobiology
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David Vaniman
MSL Earth, Mars, Moon Petrology, Volcanism, Geology, Ground-based observing, Mineralogy, Mapping
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Kevin Webster
Earth, Exoplanets, Mars Astrobiology, Atmospheres, Climate, Education/Public Outreach, Field Work, Geology, Mass spectroscopy Mass spectrometers
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Catherine Weitz
LRO, Mars 2020, Mars Odyssey, MER, MRO, MSL Mars, Moon Spectroscopy, Remote sensing, Radar, Volcanism, Geology, Crater Counting, Geomorphology, Mineralogy, Mapping
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Linda Welzenbach
Asteroids, Mars, Moon, Small satellites Petrology, Geology, Education/Public Outreach, Mineralogy
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Rebecca Williams
Mars Odyssey, MRO, MSL ** Mission Co-Investigator, Mission operations, Mission science team, Science operations Earth, Mars Education/Public Outreach, Field Work, Geology, Geomorphology, Ground-based observing, Mapping, Numerical modeling, Remote sensing Cameras
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Shawn Wright
MER Earth, Mars, Meteorites Geology, Mineralogy, Remote sensing
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Naoyuki Yamashita
Dawn, Kaguya (Japan) ** Calibration/Test planning, Data archive, Data validation, Instrument operations, Mission science team Asteroids, Ceres, Mars, Moon, Vesta Gamma-ray spectroscopy, Neutron spectroscopy, Numerical modeling, Remote sensing Gamma-ray detectors, Neutron detectors
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Aileen Yingst
Dawn, Mars Pathfinder, Mars Polar Lander, MER, MSL ** Calibration/Test planning, Deputy Instrument PI, Instrument Co-Investigator, Instrument operations, Mission operations, Mission science team, Requirements generation and flow down, Science operations Ceres, Earth, Mars, Moon, Vesta Education/Public Outreach, Geology, Geomorphology, Mapping, Remote sensing, Spectroscopy, Volcanism Cameras

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