Terrestrial Planet Geologic History Investigations

Grant #: NNX10AM96A
Senior Scientist: Ross Beyer

PI Beyer proposes several scientific, mission support, and public outreach activities that include investigations on Mars, the Moon, the satellites of Jupiter and Saturn, and Pluto. This proposal details tasks for continued work with the science teams of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE), the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC), and the New Horizons spacecraft. 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 are collaborating 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.