Jon Jenkins

Jon Jenkins
Senior Research Scientist
Curriculum Vitae: 
The Kepler Project is going to allow us to answer a question I've been asking all my life - "Are we Alone?"

Jon Jenkins is the Analysis Lead for the Kepler Mission, which means that he heads up a group of about two dozen scientists and programmers who designed and built the software that makes this dramatic search for other worlds possible. With a brightness precision of 20 parts per million, Kepler should be able to discover planets that are the same size as the rocky, inner orbs of our own solar system. By making an inventory of such worlds, Kepler will answer one of the most intriguing questions in astrobiology: are Earth-size planets abundant or rare?

Jenkins is a research scientist for the SETI Institute at NASA Ames Research Center where he conducts research on data processing and detection algorithms for discovering transiting extrasolar planets. He is the Co-Investigator for Data Analysis for NASA Discovery Program’s Kepler Mission. In 2010, Jenkins received NASA’s Exceptional Technology Achievement Medal for his numerous technical achievements throughout development, commissioning and operational phases, which have been critical to the success of Kepler.

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Science Processing Support for NASA Discovery Program's Kepler Mission

We seek to support the operation and evolution of the signal processing chain for the Kepler Mission throughout the entire lifecycle of the mission that ends in November 2013. The proposed work spans the full range of science processing from data collection on the spacecraft to publication of confirmed results.

Science Processing Support for NASA Discovery Program's Kepler Mission

This study supports the implementation and operation of the signal processing chain for the Kepler Mission.