Terrestrial Planet Geologic History Investigations

Grant #: NNX07AE44A
Senior Scientist: Ross Beyer

PI Beyer proposes several scientific, mission support, and public outreach activities that include investigations on Mercury, Mars, the satellites of Jupiter and Pluto. This proposal details tasks for joining the science teams of the New Horizon's Imaging Team, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) team, and the Mercury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) Geology discipline group. PI Beyer will also apply his expertise and skills at evaluating the meter-scale roughness of Mars to efforts which will select a safe and scientifically interesting landing site for the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL). PI Beyer's scientific investigations focus on detailed measurement of surface morphology to determine the geologic and tectonic history of planetary surfaces. Finally, Ross is participating on a team of NASA scientists and engineers that will collaborate with Google, Inc. to make NASA s vast array of planetary data more accessible by the general public through open geospatial standards via the Google Earth platform.