Erwan Mazarico

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Erwan Mazarico

  • RESEARCH AST, PLANETARY STUDIES
  • 301.614.6504
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 698
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: NASA
  • Brief Bio

    My research focus is on the analysis of spacecraft tracking data of various types (radio, altimetry, imagery) in order to learn more about the geophysics of planetary bodies. During my Ph.D. thesis, I used radio tracking of Mars orbiters to measure the density of the upper layers of the Martian atmosphere. Since, I have used the altimetric data from several NASA/GSFC laser altimeters to model gravitational anomalies, construct high-resolution topographic models of the Moon and Mercury, and improve spacecraft trajectory reconstruction to enable the co-registration of the varied data acquired by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter instruments.
    I have also studied the illumination conditions in the polar regions of the Moon and Mercury, and how they relate to the volatile distribution.

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    Research Interests

    Planetary Topography and Gravity: Moon, Mercury, Mars, Venus, icy moons and asteroids

     

    Precise Orbit Determination: Orbit Reconstruction, Measurement and Force Modeling

     

    Involvement in Spacecraft Missions: Definition, Calibration, Value-added Processing and Analysis

     

    Current Projects

    GRAIL (2011-present)

    - Member of the NASA GSFC Level-2 analysis team (POD, gravity field estimation)
    - Data analysis, editing, spacecraft eclipse modeling
    - Creation, validation and review of archival products for NASA PDS

    Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter (2008-present)

    - Co-Investigator (2012-present)
    - estimation of the lunar surface deformation due to tides
    - illumination studies in the lunar polar regions

    Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (2008-present)

    - trajectory reconstruction through Precise Orbit Determination
    - product validation for archival to NASA PDS

    Mercury Laser Altimeter (2009-present)

    - instrument calibration and data analysis
    - refinement of MLA topographic models through crossover adjustme
    - illumination studies in the polar regions

    MESSENGER (2009-present)

    - Precise Orbit Determination
    - Gravity field estimation

    NEAR (2010-present)

    - Precise Orbit Determination and gravity field estimation from the combination of radio tracking, altimetric and image data

    Positions/Employment

    7 / 2014 - Present

    Research Scientist

    NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt MD  
    5 / 2010 - 7 / 2014

    Research Scientist

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology, at NASA GSFC  
    4 / 2008 - 4 / 2010

    Postdoctoral Fellow

    Oak Ridge Associated Universities, at NASA GSFC  Awarded a 2-year fellowship through the NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP), administered by ORAU
    1 / 2008 - 4 / 2008

    Postdoctoral Associate

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge MA  
    8 / 2002 - 1 / 2008

    Research Assistant

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge MA  

    Education

    - Ph.D., Planetary Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge MA, 2008.
    - M.S., Planetary Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge MA, 2004.
    - Diplôme d’Ingénieur, École Nationale Supérieure de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace (SUPAERO), Toulouse, France, 2004.


    Teaching Experience

    - Teaching Assistant, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Introduction to Planetary Sciences, Fall 2006.
    - Teaching Assistant, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Introduction to Geophysics, Fall 2005.

    Professional Societies

    American Geophysical Union, 2005 - Present

    Awards

    - Asteroid 2006 UB62 officially named 311785 ErwanMazarico by the IAU.
    - NASA Robert H. Goddard Award for Outreach (Team award), 2013.
    - NASA Group Achievement Award for the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Team, 2012.
    - NASA Postdoctoral Program two-year fellowship, 2008-2010
    - Outstanding Student Paper award, Planetary Science section, AGU Fall Meeting 2007
    - Outstanding Student Paper award, Geodesy section, AGU Fall Meeting 2005

    Grants

    10/01/2014 - 10/01/2017 Planetary Geology and Geophysics (PG&G), NASA , NASA NRA #: NNH13ZDA001N
    Planetary dynamics from laser altimetry: Spin and tidal deformation of the Moon and Mercury; Science P.I. / Co-I.; 0.69 FTE
    08/01/2010 Planetary Mission Data Analysis Program (PMDAP), NASA
    Radio tracking, altimetry and imagery: using the three datasets simultaneously in Precision Orbit Determination to constrain Eros’ interior structure and small-scale surface processes; Science P.I. / Co-I.;

    Other Professional Information

    - Panelist for NASA R&A program reviews.
    - External reviewer for NASA R&A panels, NASA PDS.
    - Referee for peer-reviewed journals (Science, Nature, Nature Geoscience, Journal of Geophysical Research, Icarus, Geophysical Research Letters, Planetary and Space Research, Advances in Space Research).
    - Convener for the AGU Fall Meeting 2011 (Planetary Geodesy, P44B/P41F).
    - Co-convener for the AGU Fall Meeting 2010 (South Pole-Aitken Basin: New Insights, P43A/P53D)

    Selected Public Outreach

    Astrobiology Walk at NASA GSFC Visitor Center 2014 - 2014
    Scientific support for GSFC Visitor Center exhibit of physical models of planetary topographic surfaces (with J.Hicks, C.Cheung), 2013.
    Visualizations for scientific publications 2010 - Present
    - Scientific support for NASA GSFC SVS stills and animations featuring GRAIL results (with E. Wright, SVS), 2012.
    - Cover design for Nature and Science, featuring LOLA and GRAIL data (with E. Wright, SVS), 2011-2012.
    - Cover design for Geophysical Research Letters featuring a LOLA slope map, September 2010.
    Presentation to high school educators 2011 - 2011
     - NASA Museum Alliance, “Illumination Conditions of the Lunar Poles from LOLA Data”, August 2011.

    Brief Bio

    My research focus is on the analysis of spacecraft tracking data of various types (radio, altimetry, imagery) in order to learn more about the geophysics of planetary bodies. During my Ph.D. thesis, I used radio tracking of Mars orbiters to measure the density of the upper layers of the Martian atmosphere. Since, I have used the altimetric data from several NASA/GSFC laser altimeters to model gravitational anomalies, construct high-resolution topographic models of the Moon and Mercury, and improve spacecraft trajectory reconstruction to enable the co-registration of the varied data acquired by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter instruments.
    I have also studied the illumination conditions in the polar regions of the Moon and Mercury, and how they relate to the volatile distribution.

    Google Scholar link.

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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