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ESS 421
ESS 422
Planetary Geology

Principals - Alan Gillespie, John Adams, Gary Hansen, Amit Muskin
Support - Laura Gilson

  • Composition of the non-ice materials on the Jovian satellites Europa, Callisto, and Ganymede.
  • Surface composition of the Saturnian satellites using upcoming data from the Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS) aboard the Cassini spacecraft. Begins full operation in 2004.
  • High-energy ion bombardment of planetary analogue materials. Attempting to simulate conditions and processes in parts of the Solar System that have intense radiation.
  • Calibration of spectrometers on current NASA and ESA missions: the Galileo NIMS, Cassini VIMS, Mars Express HRSC camera, Rosetta VIRTIS, and the DAWN spectrometer.
  • Surface composition and mapping lithologic units on Mars using data from the High Spatial Resolution Camera (HRSC) aboard the European Space Agency spacecraft, the Mars Express, HiRISECTX and Themis.
  • Radiative transfer in planetary atmospheres and surfaces
  • Analysis of remotely sensed spectra
  • Optical properties of materials
  • Calibration of radiation measuring instruments
  • Hebes Chasma formation, Mars

   W. M. Keck Remote Sensing and Planetary Sciences Laboratory
    Department of Earth and Space Sciences
    University of Washington

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    Seattle, WA  98195