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Paul Mahaffy Named Director of the Solar System Exploration Division

12.11.2015
Paul Mahaffy has been named the new Director of Goddard’s Solar System Exploration Division. Paul served for nearly 10 years as Chief of the Planetary Environments Laboratory, leading this group’s study of planetary atmospheres and surface environments with emphases on the modeling of atmospheres and surface environments, advanced instrument development, the study of terrestrial planetary analogs, and the development of space-qualified instruments. Paul is currently Principal Investigator of the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) investigation on the Curiosity rover and of the Neutral Gas and Ion Mass Spectrometer (NGIMS) on the MAVEN Mars orbiter. He previously participated in a wide range of planetary missions, including those to Jupiter, Saturn, comets, and the moon.
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Overview

The Solar System Exploration Data Services Office (SSEDSO) coordinates the management and archiving of NASA space science data. As part of this mission, the Office operates the National Space Science Data Center (NSSDC) and provides requested guidance to the science active archive centers.

The NSSDC provides master catalogs, data standards, and other information services. It oversees the preservation of NASA space science data for the next generation of researchers. The Center ensures access to existing and future NASA space science archives.

SSEDSO has two archive functions: Crustal Dynamics Data Information System and management of the Planetary Data System. In addition, SSEDSO can provide the necessary in-house expertise to support these and other data services.

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