Sciences and Exploration Directorate

Lucy F Lim



Org Code: 691

Mail Code: 691
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Employer: NASA

Current Projects

OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Return Mission



Cornell University Ithaca, NY
Ph. D., Astronomy, January 2005
Dissertation Title: Asteroid Spectroscopy,
I. A Thermal Infrared Survey of Asteroids.
II. X-ray Fluorescence Spectroscopy of 433 Eros.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA
Bachelor of Science, Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, June 1998.
Minors in Physics and Literature

Professional Societies

American Astronomical Society/Division for Planetary Sciences

2003 - Present

American Geophysical Union

2008 - Present


08/31/2019 988 - NASA HONOR AWARD

08/04/2018 988 - NASA HONOR AWARD

07/02/2017 988 - NASA HONOR AWARD

06/24/2017 988 - NASA HONOR AWARD





Selected Publications


Hamilton, V. E., the OSIRIS-REx Team, A. A. Simon, et al. P. R. Christensen, D. C. Reuter, B. E. Clark, M. A. Barucci, N. E. Bowles, W. V. Boynton, J. R. Brucato, E. A. Cloutis, H. C. Connolly, K. L. Donaldson Hanna, J. P. Emery, H. L. Enos, S. Fornasier, C. W. Haberle, R. D. Hanna, E. S. Howell, H. H. Kaplan, L. P. Keller, C. Lantz, J.-Y. Li, L. F. Lim, T. J. McCoy, F. Merlin, M. C. Nolan, A. Praet, B. Rozitis, S. A. Sandford, D. L. Schrader, C. A. Thomas, X.-D. Zou, and D. S. Lauretta. 2019. Evidence for widespread hydrated minerals on asteroid (101955) Bennu Nature Astronomy 3 (4): 332-340 [10.1038/s41550-019-0722-2]

DellaGiustina, D. N., The OSIRIS-REx Team, J. P. Emery, et al. D. R. Golish, B. Rozitis, C. A. Bennett, K. N. Burke, R.-L. Ballouz, K. J. Becker, P. R. Christensen, C. Y. Drouet d’Aubigny, V. E. Hamilton, D. C. Reuter, B. Rizk, A. A. Simon, E. Asphaug, J. L. Bandfield, O. S. Barnouin, M. A. Barucci, E. B. Bierhaus, R. P. Binzel, W. F. Bottke, N. E. Bowles, H. Campins, B. C. Clark, B. E. Clark, H. C. Connolly, M. G. Daly, J. D. Leon, M. Delbo’, J. D. Deshapriya, C. M. Elder, S. Fornasier, C. W. Hergenrother, E. S. Howell, E. R. Jawin, H. H. Kaplan, T. R. Kareta, L. Le Corre, J.-Y. Li, J. Licandro, L. F. Lim, P. Michel, J. Molaro, M. C. Nolan, M. Pajola, M. Popescu, J. L. Garcia, A. Ryan, S. R. Schwartz, N. Shultz, M. A. Siegler, P. H. Smith, E. Tatsumi, C. A. Thomas, K. J. Walsh, C. W. Wolner, X.-D. Zou, and D. S. Lauretta. 2019. Properties of rubble-pile asteroid (101955) Bennu from OSIRIS-REx imaging and thermal analysis Nature Astronomy 3 (4): 341-351 [10.1038/s41550-019-0731-1]

Walsh, K. J., E. R. Jawin, R.-L. Ballouz, et al. O. S. Barnouin, E. B. Bierhaus, H. C. Connolly, J. L. Molaro, T. J. McCoy, M. Delbo’, C. M. Hartzell, M. Pajola, S. R. Schwartz, D. Trang, E. Asphaug, K. J. Becker, C. B. Beddingfield, C. A. Bennett, W. F. Bottke, K. N. Burke, B. C. Clark, M. G. Daly, D. N. DellaGiustina, J. P. Dworkin, C. M. Elder, D. R. Golish, A. R. Hildebrand, R. Malhotra, J. Marshall, P. Michel, M. C. Nolan, M. E. Perry, B. Rizk, A. Ryan, S. A. Sandford, D. J. Scheeres, H. C. Susorney, F. Thuillet, D. S. Lauretta, The OSIRIS-REx Team, and L. F. Lim. 2019. Craters, boulders and regolith of (101955) Bennu indicative of an old and dynamic surface Nature Geoscience 12 (4): 242-246 [10.1038/s41561-019-0326-6]

Lauretta, D. S., D. N. DellaGiustina, C. A. Bennett, et al. D. R. Golish, K. J. Becker, S. S. Balram-Knutson, O. S. Barnouin, T. L. Becker, W. F. Bottke, W. V. Boynton, H. Campins, B. E. Clark, H. C. Connolly, C. Y. Drouet d’Aubigny, J. P. Dworkin, J. P. Emery, H. L. Enos, V. E. Hamilton, C. W. Hergenrother, E. S. Howell, M. R. Izawa, H. H. Kaplan, M. C. Nolan, B. Rizk, H. L. Roper, D. J. Scheeres, P. H. Smith, K. J. Walsh, C. W. Wolner, The OSIRIS-REx Team, and L. F. Lim. 2019. The unexpected surface of asteroid (101955) Bennu Nature 568 (7750): 55-60 [10.1038/s41586-019-1033-6]

Donaldson Hanna, K., D. Schrader, E. Cloutis, et al. G. Cody, A. King, T. McCoy, D. Applin, J. Mann, N. Bowles, J. Brucato, H. Connolly, E. Dotto, L. Keller, L. Lim, B. Clark, V. Hamilton, C. Lantz, D. Lauretta, S. Russell, and P. Schofield. 2019. Spectral characterization of analog samples in anticipation of OSIRIS-REx's arrival at Bennu: A blind test study Icarus 319 701-723 [10.1016/j.icarus.2018.10.018]

Landsman, Z. A., J. P. Emery, H. Campins, et al. J. Hanuš, L. F. Lim, and D. P. Cruikshank. 2018. Asteroid (16) Psyche: Evidence for a silicate regolith from spitzer space telescope spectroscopy Icarus 304 58-73 [10.1016/j.icarus.2017.11.035]

Masterson, R. A., M. Chodas, L. Bayley, et al. B. Allen, J. Hong, P. Biswas, C. McMenamin, K. Stout, E. Bokhour, H. Bralower, D. Carte, S. Chen, M. Jones, S. Kissel, F. Schmidt, M. Smith, G. Sondecker, L. F. Lim, D. S. Lauretta, J. E. Grindlay, and R. P. Binzel. 2018. Regolith X-Ray Imaging Spectrometer (REXIS) Aboard the OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Return Mission Space Science Reviews 214 (1): 48 [10.1007/s11214-018-0483-8]

Lauretta, D. S., S. S. Balram-Knutson, E. Beshore, et al. W. V. Boynton, C. Drouet d’Aubigny, D. N. DellaGiustina, H. L. Enos, D. R. Golish, C. W. Hergenrother, E. S. Howell, C. A. Bennett, E. T. Morton, M. C. Nolan, B. Rizk, H. L. Roper, A. E. Bartels, B. J. Bos, J. P. Dworkin, D. E. Highsmith, D. A. Lorenz, L. F. Lim, R. Mink, M. C. Moreau, J. A. Nuth, D. C. Reuter, A. A. Simon, E. B. Bierhaus, B. H. Bryan, R. Ballouz, O. S. Barnouin, R. P. Binzel, W. F. Bottke, V. E. Hamilton, K. J. Walsh, S. R. Chesley, P. R. Christensen, B. E. Clark, H. C. Connolly, M. K. Crombie, M. G. Daly, J. P. Emery, T. J. McCoy, J. W. McMahon, D. J. Scheeres, S. Messenger, K. Nakamura-Messenger, K. Righter, and S. A. Sandford. 2017. OSIRIS-REx: Sample Return from Asteroid (101955) Bennu Space Science Reviews 212 925-984 [10.1007/s11214-017-0405-1]

Englander, J. A., M. A. Vavrina, L. F. Lim, et al. L. A. McFadden, A. R. Rhoden, and K. S. Noll. 2017. Trajectory Optimization for Missions to Small Bodies with a Focus on Scientific Merit Computing in Science & Engineering 19 (4): 18-28 [10.1109/mcse.2017.3151246]

Lim, L. F., R. D. Starr, L. G. Evans, et al. A. M. Parsons, M. E. Zolensky, and W. V. Boynton. 2016. Modeling orbital gamma-ray spectroscopy experiments at carbonaceous asteroids Meteoritics & Planetary Science 52 (1): 174-190 [10.1111/maps.12786]

Kim, K. J., Y. Amano, W. V. Boynton, et al. G. Klingelhöfer, J. Brückner, N. Hasebe, D. Hamara, R. D. Starr, L. F. Lim, G. Ju, T. J. Fagan, T. Ohta, and E. Shimabura. 2014. An Active X-Ray Spectrometer for the SELENE-2 Rover TRANSACTIONS OF THE JAPAN SOCIETY FOR AERONAUTICAL AND SPACE SCIENCES, AEROSPACE TECHNOLOGY JAPAN 12 (ists29): Pk_35-Pk_42 [10.2322/tastj.12.Pk_35]

Marchis, F., J. E. Enriquez, J. P. Emery, et al. M. Mueller, M. Baek, J. Pollock, M. Assafin, R. Vieira Martins, J. Berthier, F. Vachier, D. P. Cruikshank, L. F. Lim, D. E. Reichart, K. M. Ivarsen, J. B. Haislip, and A. P. LaCluyze. 2012. Multiple asteroid systems: Dimensions and thermal properties from Spitzer Space Telescope and ground-based observations Icarus 221 1130-1161 [0.1016/j.icarus.2012.09.013]

Descamps, P., F. Marchis, J. Berthier, et al. J. P. Emery, G. Duchêne, I. de Pater, M. H. Wong, L. Lim, H. B. Hammel, F. Vachier, P. Wiggins, J.-P. Teng-Chuen-Yu, A. Peyrot, J. Pollock, M. Assafin, R. Vieira-Martins, J. I. Camargo, F. Braga-Ribas, and B. Macomber. 2011. Triplicity and physical characteristics of Asteroid (216) Kleopatra Icarus 211 1022-1033 [10.1016/j.icarus.2010.11.016]

Parsons, A., J. Bodnarik, L. Evans, et al. S. Floyd, L. Lim, T. McClanahan, M. Namkung, S. Nowicki, J. Schweitzer, R. Starr, and J. Trombka. 2011. Active neutron and gamma-ray instrumentation for in situ planetary science applications Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A 652 674-679 [10.1016/j.nima.2010.09.157]

Clark, B. E., R. P. Binzel, E. S. Howell, et al. E. A. Cloutis, M. Ockert-Bell, P. Christensen, M. A. Barucci, F. DeMeo, D. S. Lauretta, H. Connolly, A. Soderberg, C. Hergenrother, L. F. Lim, J. Emery, and M. Mueller. 2011. Asteroid (101955) 1999 RQ36: Spectroscopy from 0.4 to 2.4 microns and meteorite analogs Icarus 216 462-475 [10.1016/j.icarus.2011.08.021]

Lim, L. F., J. P. Emery, and N. A. Moskovitz. 2011. Mineralogy and thermal properties of V-type Asteroid 956 Elisa: Evidence for diogenitic material from the Spitzer IRS (5-35 micron) spectrum Icarus 213 510-523 [10.1016/j.icarus.2010.12.006]

Rivkin, A. S., J. Li, R. E. Milliken, et al. L. F. Lim, A. J. Lovell, B. E. Schmidt, L. A. McFadden, and B. A. Cohen. 2010. The Surface Composition of Ceres Space Science Reviews, Online First 101 [10.1007/s11214-010-9677-4]

Lim, L. F., and L. R. Nittler. 2009. Elemental composition of 433 Eros: New calibration of the NEAR-Shoemaker XRS data Icarus 200 129-146 [10.1016/j.icarus.2008.09.018]

Shepard, M. K., B. E. Clark, M. C. Nolan, et al. L. A. Benner, S. J. Ostro, J. D. Giorgini, F. Vilas, K. Jarvis, S. Lederer, L. F. Lim, T. McConnochie, J. Bell, J.-L. Margot, A. Rivkin, C. Magri, D. Scheeres, and P. Pravec. 2008. Multi-wavelength observations of Asteroid 2100 Ra-Shalom Icarus 193 20-38 [10.1016/j.icarus.2007.09.006]

Foley, C. N., L. R. Nittler, T. J. McCoy, et al. L. F. Lim, M. R. Brown, R. D. Starr, and J. I. Trombka. 2006. Minor element evidence that Asteroid 433 Eros is a space-weathered ordinary chondrite parent body Icarus 184 338-343 [10.1016/j.icarus.2006.05.011]

Akkurt, H., J. L. Groves, J. Trombka, et al. R. Starr, L. Evans, S. Floyd, R. Hoover, L. F. Lim, T. McClanahan, R. James, T. McCoy, and J. Schweitzer. 2005. Pulsed neutron generator system for astrobiological and geochemical exploration of planetary bodies Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research B 241 232-237 [10.1016/j.nimb.2005.07.029]

Lim, L. F., T. H. McConnochie, J. F. Bell III, and T. L. Hayward. 2005. Thermal infrared (8-13 micron) spectra of 29 asteroids: the Cornell Mid-Infrared Asteroid Spectroscopy (MIDAS) Survey Icarus 173 385-408 [10.1016/j.icarus.2004.08.005]

Scharringhausen, B. R., L. F. Lim, P. D. Nicholson, K. Matthews, and P. J. McGregor. 2001. Ground-Based Observations of the 10 August 1995 Saturn Ring-Plane Crossing Icarus 154 287-295 [10.1006/icar.2001.6712]

Trombka, J. I., L. R. Nittler, R. D. Starr, et al. L. G. Evans, T. J. McCoy, W. V. Boynton, T. H. Burbine, J. Brückner, P. Gorenstein, S. W. Squyres, R. C. Reedy, J. O. Goldsten, L. F. Lim, K. Hurley, P. E. Clark, S. R. Floyd, T. P. McClanahan, E. McCartney, J. Branscomb, J. S. Bhangoo, I. Mikheeva, and M. E. Murphy. 2001. The NEAR-Shoemaker x-ray/gamma-ray spectrometer experiment: Overview and lessons learned Meteoritics and Planetary Science 36 1605-1616 [10.1111/j.1945-5100.2001.tb01852.x]

Nittler, L. R., R. D. Starr, L. F. Lim, et al. T. J. McCoy, T. H. Burbine, R. C. Reedy, J. I. Trombka, P. Gorenstein, S. W. Squyres, W. V. Boynton, T. P. McClanahan, J. S. Bhangoo, P. E. Clark, M. E. Murphy, and R. Killen. 2001. X-ray fluorescence measurements of the surface elemental composition of asteroid 433 Eros Meteoritics and Planetary Science 36 1673-1695 [10.1111/j.1945-5100.2001.tb01856.x]


Getty, S. A., L. F. Lim, A. Grubisic, et al. A. E. Southard, J. Ferrance, M. A. Balvin, X. Li, T. Cornish, J. Elsila, L. A. Hess, C. A. Kotecki, J. G. Hagopian, and W. B. Brinckerhoff. 2019. Future planetary instrument capabilities made possible by micro- and nanotechnology Micro- and Nanotechnology Sensors, Systems, and Applications XI [10.1117/12.2519455]

Lim, L. F., V. E. Hamilton, P. R. Christensen, et al. A. A. Simon, D. C. Reuter, J. P. Emery, B. Rozitis, M. Antonella Barucci, H. Campins, B. E. Clark, M. Delbo, J. Licand ro, R. D. Hanna, E. S. Howell, and D. S. Lauretta. 2019. Main-Belt Infrared Spectral Analogues for (101955) Bennu: AKARI and Spitzer IRS Asteroid Spectra EPSC-DPS Joint Meeting 2019 2019 EPSC-DPS2019-312

Lim, L., A. Southard, L. Hess, et al. C. Kotecki, S. Getty, and J. Hagopian. 2018. Carbon Nanotube Field Emitter Design for In Situ EPMA Lunar and Planetary Science Conference 1717

Lim, L., M. Barucci, H. Campins, et al. P. Christensen, B. Clark, M. Delbo, J. Emery, V. Hamilton, D. Lauretta, and J. Licand ro. 2018. The Global Thermal Infrared Spectrum of Bennu: Comparison with Spitzer IRS Asteroid Spectra AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts 2018 P33C-3844

Schrader, D., T. McCoy, G. Cody, et al. A. King, P. Schofield, S. Russell, H. Connolly, L. Keller, K. Donaldson Hanna, N. Bowles, E. Cloutis, J. Mann, D. Applin, D. Lauretta, B. Clark, V. Hamilton, L. Lim, and T. OSIRIS-REx~Team. 2017. Lessons Learned from Preparing OSIRIS-REx Spectral Analog Samples for Bennu Lunar and Planetary Science Conference 48 1273

Donaldson Hanna, K., D. Schrader, N. Bowles, et al. B. Clark, E. Cloutis, H. Connolly, V. Hamilton, L. Keller, D. Lauretta, L. Lim, and T. McCoy. 2017. Spectral Characterization of Analog Samples in Anticipation of OSIRIS-REx's Arrival at Bennu Lunar and Planetary Science Conference 48 1723

Lim, L. F., J. Emery, N. Moskovitz, et al. A. Rivkin, C. Thomas, D. Trilling, K. Donaldson Hanna, and N. Bowles. 2017. Thermal Emission Spectroscopy of Asteroids for Mineralogical Investigations Lunar and Planetary Science Conference 48 2035

Lim, L., A. Southard, S. Getty, et al. L. Hess, J. Hagopian, and C. Kotecki. 2016. A Miniature Electron Probe for In Situ Elemental Microanalysis AAS/Division for Planetary Sciences Meeting Abstracts 48 123.11

Noll, K., L. McFadden, A. Rhoden, et al. L. Lim, W. Boynton, L. Carter, G. Collins, J. Englander, S. Goossens, W. Grundy, J.-Y. Li, S. Mottola, J. Oberst, R. Orosei, A. Parsons, F. Preusker, D. Reuter, A. Simon, C. Thomas, K. Walsh, and M. Zolensky. 2015. DARe: Dark Asteroid Rendezvous Lunar and Planetary Science Conference 46 2835

Lim, L. F., J. P. Emery, N. A. Moskovitz, and M. Granvik. 2012. The Near-Earth Encounter of 2005 YU55: Thermal Infrared Observations from Gemini North 43rd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, LPI Contribution No. 1659 #2202

Lim, L. F., J. P. Emery, M. Mueller, et al. A. S. Rivkin, D. Trilling, and B. J. Burt. 2011. Olivine Composition of the Mars Trojan 5261 Eureka: Spitzer IRS Data EPSC-DPS Joint Meeting 2011 #1199