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Titan's Surface and Atmosphere as Viewed by Cassini VIMS

Thursday, July 31, 2008
Karly
Pitman (JPL)

The primary Titan science objectives for the Cassini Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer are to characterize ice compositions on Titan's surface and to map landforms and clouds. This talk reviews recent projects at JPL using this instrument's dataset and the ways in which the atmospheric signature of Titan affect interpretation of the ice/liquid on the moon's surface.

Speaker's Biography:

(see also http://science.jpl.nasa.gov/people/Pitman/)

Karly Pitman is a NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellow at JPL, working with the Asteroids, Comets, and Satellites group and the Cassini VIMS science team. She holds degrees in astronomy, geology, and physics from Vassar College and Louisiana State University (Ph.D., 2005) and worked at the Space Science Institute and the Dept. of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Washington University-St. Louis before joining JPL. She specializes in radiative transfer modeling and quantitative spectral analyses of planetary surfaces and atmospheres (Titan, Mars) and mineralogy of interstellar dust at visible to far-IR wavelengths.

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