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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 Laser Remote Sensing Laboratory develops laser remote sensing techniques and instruments for scientific measurements of the Earth and planets. Activities include developing and demonstrating new measurement techniques, conducting experiments, and developing ground-based, airborne, and spaceborne laser sensors (lidars). The Laboratory's work involves theoretical and experimental activities in applied physics, technology development, and instrument engineering. Laboratory personnel also plan and participate in scientific field campaigns, analyze laser-measurement and laser-sensor performance, acquire and interpret lidar data, and develop lasers, optics, and detector components.

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