Casey I Honniball

Casey I Honniball

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  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: UNIVERSITIES SPACE RESEARCH ASSOCIATION
  • Brief Bio

    Dr. Casey I. Honniball is a NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) Fellow at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. She defended her dissertation "Infrared Remote Sensing of Volatile Components on the Earth and Moon" in October 2019. She is a graduate of the University of Arizona with a B.S. in Astronomy. Dr. Honniball has extensive experience in observing, instrumentation, and telescope operation. At UA, she aided in the development of a submillimeter instrument, SuperCam, including laboratory testing and integration of the instrument at Mt. Graham and Llano de Chajnantor Observatories. She was also a member of the Stratospheric Terahertz Observatory Two (STO-II) instrument team, aiding in telescope integration and testing. After graduation from UA and after matriculation at the University of Hawai'i she remained on the STO-II team and in two Antarctic deployments was a telescope operator during flight operations.

    As a graduate student at the University of Hawai'i she was responsible for assembly, test, and deployment of a 3-5 µm imaging interferometer (MIDAS, Mid infrared detector of atmospheric species) used for terrestrial atmospheric and volcanological studies and as a prototype for a small satellite instrument. She co-led a large-scale survey of the mid-IR hydration properties of lunar surface using the SpeX cross-dispersed spectrograph at the NASA InfraRed Telescope Facility (IRTF). She led and participated in 37 observing runs with 16 of those runs as P.I. of the project. Dr. Honniball originated the project to use the NASA/DLR Stratospheric Observatory For Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) to search for the 6 µm molecular water signature on the lunar surface and has had two observing runs on SOFIA with 20 more hours planned.

    As an NPP fellow Dr. Honniball will continue lunar observations with the IRTF and SOFIA and work on connecting the 3 and 6 µm hydration bands on the Moon. She will map pyroclastic deposits at both wavelengths investigating the distribution of hydroxyl and molecular water. She will also work with the Remote, In Situ, and Synchrotron Studies for Science and Exploration 2 SSERVI team to test how a portable infrared spectral imaging instrument could enhance the science return of geological field work and extra vehicular activities on other planetary bodies.

    Current Projects

    Investigation of water at pyroclastic deposits on the Earth and Moon using new data sets and techniques

    Remote, In Situ, and Synchrotron Studies for Science and Exploration - Solar System Exploitation Research Virtual Institute

    Positions/Employment

    1/2020 - Present

    NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellow

    Universities Space Research Association, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

    Water contents of lunar pyroclastic deposits is under debate due to differences between remote sensing data and Apollo sample measurements. The disagreement stems from the lack of wavelength coverage of current spacecraft data. Using two new data sets and new techniques we will provide better estimates of water and distinguish between OH and H2O. We will perform field studies to sample analog pyroclastic deposits and investigate the accuracy of remote sensing data in estimating the abundance of water in samples. The samples will be used to further develop techniques for distinguishing between OH and H2O.

    8/2015 - 12/2019

    Graduate Research Assistant

    Hawai’i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa

    Investigating the presence of molecular water on the lunar surface using the NASA Stratospheric Observatory For Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA). Developed a new technique that allows for the direct detection of molecular water using the 6 µm H-O-H bend vibration. Conducted observations on SOFIA of the 6 µm region. Data acquired at high southern latitudes display a strong 6 µm emission band due to the presence of molecular water. This observation is the first direct detection of molecular water on the illuminated Moon.

    Conducting observations of the lunar surface at 3 µm from the groundbased NASA InfraRed Telescope Facility (IRTF) to resolve controversies on the variation of the 3 µm band. Using the longer wavelengths provided by the IRTF we are able to completely and accurately remove thermal emission from reflectance spectra. This provides better estimates of total water abundance using the 3 µm band and informs on the reality of diurnal variation. Data collected at many lunar times of day do show that the 3 µm band varies implying that either molecular water is present and migrating on the surface or that hydrogen is diffusing through the lunar soil. Participated in 37 observing runs with 16 runs as the P.I.

    Built and characterized the Miniaturized Infrared Detector of Atmospheric Species (MIDAS). MIDAS is a small uncooled mid-wave infrared hyperspectral imager developed to test its ability to accurately measure the gas contents. Instruments like MIDAS are attractive for small satellite platforms due to their light weight, compactness, and conservative power consumption. We demonstrated that a small uncooled instrument can produce signal-to-noise ratios in the hundreds for targets above 70˚ C. MIDAS was later deployed three times to the Kilauea lava lake to test its portability and accuracy in measuring volcanic CO2. Data from these field deployments showed that MIDAS is capable of accurate measurements and is well suited for field portability and or modification to small satellite platforms.

    5/2018 - 8/2018

    Summer Intern

    Lunar Planetary Institute, Center for Lunar Science and Exploration

    Investigate the soil mechanics of lunar pyroclastic deposits and permanently shadowed regions using boulder tracks to infer the trafficability of these regions. Used LRO NAC imagery to identify and measure boulders and their associated tracks to calculate soil properties.

    12/2015 - 1/2017

    Volunteer Research Specialist

    University of Arizona, Steward Observatory Radio Astronomy Laboratory

    Member of the Stratospheric Terahertz Observatory two (STO-II) instrument team to prepare STO-II for launch on a high-altitude balloon at the Long Duration Balloon facility in Antarctica. Responsible for instrument-telescope alignment, instrument testing, mission control, and operating the observatory for 12 hour shifts. Two Antarctic deployments.

    5/2014 - 8/2014

    Summer Intern

    University of Colorado Boulder LASP, Atmospheric & Space Technology Research Associates

    Unambiguously characterized the ionospheric global response to Sudden Stratospheric Warming events using the Ionospheric Data Assimilation Four-Dimensional algorithm.

    9/2012 - 7/2015

    Undergraduate Research Specialist

    Steward Observatory Radio Astronomy Laboratory, University of Arizona

    Assisted in development, testing and deployment of multiple instruments designed to observe terahertz frequencies to connect the full life cycle of interstellar material within the Milky Way. Aided in SuperCam instrument testing in preparation for integration onto the Submillimeter Telescope on Mt. Graham, Arizona and the APEX telescope at the Llano de Chajnantor Observatory in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile. Assisted in telescope operations and observing for three instrument deployments.

    2020 - Present

    Student Technician

    Instrumentation Development Laboratory, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa

    With other Instrumentation Development Laboratory (IDLab) staff, assisted with the assembly and operation of the imaging time-of-propagation (iTOP) detector in a beam test at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab). The iTOP is intended for identification of charged kaons and pions in the Belle II detector at KEK in Tsukuba, Japan. Specific duties included assembly of electronics modules for the readout of photon detectors, including fine pitch (2 mm) soldering of surface mount components, verification and debugging of electronics performance using Xilinx Chipscope diagnostic software, and on-site data quality monitoring to ensure proper operation of electronics during the beam test.

    Education

    Ph.D. in Earth and Planetary Science - October 2019
    University of Hawai’i at Mānoa
    Dissertation: Infrared Remote Sensing of Volatile Components on the Earth and Moon
    Advisor: Dr. Paul Lucey

    M.S. in Geology and Geophysics - December 2017
    University of Hawai’i at Mānoa
    Project: Spectral response of microbolometers for hyperspectral imaging
    Advisor: Dr. Robert Wright Mentor: Dr. Paul Lucey

    B.S. in Astronomy - December 2014
    University of Arizona
    Minor: Mathematics
    Advisor: Dr. Chris Walker

    Professional Societies

    American Geophysical Union, 2017 - Present

    Professional Service

    Reviewer for numerous scientific journals and NASA review panels.

    NASA Science Instrument Definition Team Member, Gondola for High Altitude Planetary Science - 2016 Define the scope of thermal infrared science investigations, derive the science requirements and instrument concepts for GHAPS, as well as prioritize the instruments according to science priorities that address Planetary Science Decadal Survey questions.

    Awards

    2018 UH Graduate Division Graduate Achievement Award
    2017 AGU Outstanding Student Poster Award, 2017
    2014 Williams F. Lucas Astronomy Scholarship
    2010 ASUH Scholarship for Unique Situation/Non-Traditional Student

    Grants

    01/15/2021 - 01/15/2024 Solar System Observations, NASA

    Mapping the water molecule on the Moon using SOFIA

    ; Science Principal Investigator
    04/25/2020 - 04/24/2021 SOFIA Observing Cycle 8 Program, NASA/DLR Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA)

    Water abundance on the Moon from 6 µm observations

    ; Co-I: Lead lunar observations with SOFIA and analyze data.
    04/27/2019 - 04/27/2020 SOFIA Observing Cycle 7 Program, NASA/DLR Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA)

    Water abundance on the Moon from 6 µm observations

    ; Co-I: Lead lunar observations with SOFIA and analyze data.
    01/09/2019 NASA Infrared Telescope Facility Observing Proposals, NASA Infrared Telescope Facility

    Chemistry and transport of water on the Moon 1/9/2019 PI

    ; PI: Lead lunar observations with the IRTF and process and analyze data.

    Other Professional Information

    Outreach Experience

    10/2020 NASA’s SOFIA Discovers Water on Sunlit Surface of Moon - https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-s-sofia-discovers-water-on-sunlit-surface-of-moon/

    9/2020 NASA GSFC International Observe the Moon Night - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYTkcZJmG6s&feature=youtu.be


    Invited Presentations:

    2020  Invited Presentation, University of California, Santa Cruz


    Field Experience

    Fieldwork at Potrillo Volcanic Field, New Mexico

    Fieldwork at Kilauea Volcano, Hawai'i

    Deployment to McMurdo, Antarctica - 2 months total

    Deployment to Llano de Chajnantor Observatory in the Atacama desert in northern Chile - 2 months

    Selected Publications

    Refereed

    Honniball, C. I., P. G. Lucey, S. Li, et al. S. Shenoy, T. M. Orlando, C. A. Hibbitts, D. M. Hurley, and W. M. Farrell. 2020. "Molecular water detected on the sunlit Moon by SOFIA." Nature Astronomy, [10.1038/s41550-020-01222-x]

    Honniball, C. I., P. G. Lucey, C. M. Ferrari‐Wong, et al. A. Flom, S. Li, H. M. Kaluna, and D. Takir. 2020. "Telescopic Observations of Lunar Hydration: Variations and Abundance." Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, 125 (9): [10.1029/2020je006484]

    Honniball, C. I., R. Wright, P. G. Lucey, and A. S. Khayat. 2020. "Evaluating the spectroradiometric performance of an uncooled midwave infrared hyperspectral interferometer using a microbolometer array detector." Optical Engineering, 59 (07): 1 [10.1117/1.oe.59.7.074103]

    Sargeant, H., V. Bickel, C. Honniball, et al. S. Martinez, A. Rogaski, S. Bell, E. Czaplinski, B. Farrant, E. Harrington, G. Tolometti, and D. Kring. 2020. "Using Boulder Tracks as a Tool to Understand the Bearing Capacity of Permanently Shadowed Regions of the Moon." Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, 2019JE006157 [10.1029/2019je006157]

    Bickel, V. T., C. I. Honniball, S. N. Martinez, et al. A. Rogaski, H. M. Sargeant, S. K. Bell, E. C. Czaplinski, B. E. Farrant, E. M. Harrington, G. D. Tolometti, and D. A. Kring. 2019. "Analysis of Lunar Boulder Tracks: Implications for Trafficability of Pyroclastic Deposits." Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, 2018JE005876 [10.1029/2018je005876]

    Ito, G., A. D. Rogers, K. E. Young, et al. J. E. Bleacher, C. S. Edwards, J. Hinrichs, C. I. Honniball, P. G. Lucey, D. Piquero, B. Wolfe, and T. D. Glotch. 2018. "Incorporation of Portable Infrared Spectral Imaging Into Planetary Geological Field Work: Analog Studies at Kīlauea Volcano, Hawaii, and Potrillo Volcanic Field, New Mexico." Earth and Space Science, 5: 21 [10.1029/2018ea000375]

    Talks, Presentations and Posters

    Molecular Water on the Sunlit Lunar Surface: Detection of the 6 µm H-O-H Fundamental with the SOFIA Airborne Observatory

    2020

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUP9uy8i3r4&feature=youtu.be

    Diurnal Variations Of Lunar Surface Water From Groundbased Telescopic Observations. 50th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, Abstract No. 2076. 

    2019

    https://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/lpsc2019/pdf/2076.pdf

    Estimates Of Molecular Water Abundance Using The 6 Micron H-O-H Bend. 50th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, Abstract No. 2199.
     

    2019

    https://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/lpsc2019/pdf/2199.pdf

    Mapping Lunar Water From A Groundbased Observatory, AGU Fall Meeting, Abstract No. P23d-3474.

    2018

    https://agu.confex.com/agu/fm18/meetingapp.cgi/Paper/423359

    Groundbased Lunar Surface Water: Latitude, Longitude Systematics And Detection And Abundances At Small Geologic Targets, New Views of the Moon 2, Abstract No. 6042.

    2018

    Volcanic gas measurements using a compact mid-wave infrared hyperspectral imager. Proc. of SPIE, Vol. 10780, 107800K

    2018

    Groundbased Observations Of The Lunar Surface At 3 Microns: Implications For The Presence Of Mobile Water For Polar Ice Supply, Lunar Polar Volatiles, Abstract. No. 5019.

    2018

    Measurement requirements and instrument performance for remote measurements of lunar surface water abundance and variation using the 6 microns water absorption. 49th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, Abstract No. 1808.

    2018

    https://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/lpsc2018/pdf/1808.pdf

    Lunar surface water: latitude, longitude systematics and detection and abundances at small geologic targets from groundbased telescopic observations. 49th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, Abstract No. 1726.

    2018

    https://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/lpsc2018/pdf/1726.pdf

    MWIR hyperspectral imaging with the MIDAS instrument. Proc. of SPIE, Vol. 10177, 101770J

    2017

    Spectral response of microbolometers for hyperspectral imaging. Proc. of SPIE, Vol. 10177, 101771W

    2017

    Water Absorption at 6 μm: A New Tool for Remote Measurements of Lunar
    Surface Water Abundance and Variation. 48th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, Abstract No. 1314

    2017

    https://www.hou.usra.edu/meetings/lpsc2017/pdf/1314.pdf

    The Miniaturized Infrared Detector of Atmospheric Species: a low-mass, low-power hyperspectral imager. Proc. of SPIE, Vol. 9819, 98190J.

    2016

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    Brief Bio

    Dr. Casey I. Honniball is a NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) Fellow at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. She defended her dissertation "Infrared Remote Sensing of Volatile Components on the Earth and Moon" in October 2019. She is a graduate of the University of Arizona with a B.S. in Astronomy. Dr. Honniball has extensive experience in observing, instrumentation, and telescope operation. At UA, she aided in the development of a submillimeter instrument, SuperCam, including laboratory testing and integration of the instrument at Mt. Graham and Llano de Chajnantor Observatories. She was also a member of the Stratospheric Terahertz Observatory Two (STO-II) instrument team, aiding in telescope integration and testing. After graduation from UA and after matriculation at the University of Hawai'i she remained on the STO-II team and in two Antarctic deployments was a telescope operator during flight operations.

    As a graduate student at the University of Hawai'i she was responsible for assembly, test, and deployment of a 3-5 µm imaging interferometer (MIDAS, Mid infrared detector of atmospheric species) used for terrestrial atmospheric and volcanological studies and as a prototype for a small satellite instrument. She co-led a large-scale survey of the mid-IR hydration properties of lunar surface using the SpeX cross-dispersed spectrograph at the NASA InfraRed Telescope Facility (IRTF). She led and participated in 37 observing runs with 16 of those runs as P.I. of the project. Dr. Honniball originated the project to use the NASA/DLR Stratospheric Observatory For Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) to search for the 6 µm molecular water signature on the lunar surface and has had two observing runs on SOFIA with 20 more hours planned.

    As an NPP fellow Dr. Honniball will continue lunar observations with the IRTF and SOFIA and work on connecting the 3 and 6 µm hydration bands on the Moon. She will map pyroclastic deposits at both wavelengths investigating the distribution of hydroxyl and molecular water. She will also work with the Remote, In Situ, and Synchrotron Studies for Science and Exploration 2 SSERVI team to test how a portable infrared spectral imaging instrument could enhance the science return of geological field work and extra vehicular activities on other planetary bodies.

    Selected Publications

    Refereed

    Honniball, C. I., P. G. Lucey, S. Li, et al. S. Shenoy, T. M. Orlando, C. A. Hibbitts, D. M. Hurley, and W. M. Farrell. 2020. "Molecular water detected on the sunlit Moon by SOFIA." Nature Astronomy [10.1038/s41550-020-01222-x]

    Honniball, C. I., P. G. Lucey, C. M. Ferrari‐Wong, et al. A. Flom, S. Li, H. M. Kaluna, and D. Takir. 2020. "Telescopic Observations of Lunar Hydration: Variations and Abundance." Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets 125 (9): [10.1029/2020je006484]

    Honniball, C. I., R. Wright, P. G. Lucey, and A. S. Khayat. 2020. "Evaluating the spectroradiometric performance of an uncooled midwave infrared hyperspectral interferometer using a microbolometer array detector." Optical Engineering 59 (07): 1 [10.1117/1.oe.59.7.074103]

    Sargeant, H., V. Bickel, C. Honniball, et al. S. Martinez, A. Rogaski, S. Bell, E. Czaplinski, B. Farrant, E. Harrington, G. Tolometti, and D. Kring. 2020. "Using Boulder Tracks as a Tool to Understand the Bearing Capacity of Permanently Shadowed Regions of the Moon." Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets 2019JE006157 [10.1029/2019je006157]

    Bickel, V. T., C. I. Honniball, S. N. Martinez, et al. A. Rogaski, H. M. Sargeant, S. K. Bell, E. C. Czaplinski, B. E. Farrant, E. M. Harrington, G. D. Tolometti, and D. A. Kring. 2019. "Analysis of Lunar Boulder Tracks: Implications for Trafficability of Pyroclastic Deposits." Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets 2018JE005876 [10.1029/2018je005876]

    Ito, G., A. D. Rogers, K. E. Young, et al. J. E. Bleacher, C. S. Edwards, J. Hinrichs, C. I. Honniball, P. G. Lucey, D. Piquero, B. Wolfe, and T. D. Glotch. 2018. "Incorporation of Portable Infrared Spectral Imaging Into Planetary Geological Field Work: Analog Studies at Kīlauea Volcano, Hawaii, and Potrillo Volcanic Field, New Mexico." Earth and Space Science 5 21 [10.1029/2018ea000375]

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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