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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 Planetary Geodynamics Laboratory carries out research on the structure, dynamics, and evolution of the solid Earth, moon, and planets using in-situ and remote-sensing data. Relevant data types include imagery, geodetic information derived from spacecraft tracking and space geodetic networks, gravity, topography, and magnetic field information.

Laboratory research is built around mission support, measurements, and modeling. It works toward improved understanding of the dynamics of the solar system, how and why Earth is similar to -- and different from -- other planetary bodies, and the current and likely future state of the Earth, especially regarding hazards to humans.

Processes currently being studied at the Laboratory include impact cratering, volcanism, seismicity, mass redistribution (including ice mass change), sea level change, rotational variations, spin-orbit coupling, and core dynamo generation of magnetic fields.

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