Maria E Banks

Maria E Banks

  • Research AST, Planetary Studies
  • Additional Roles: Science Data Manager for Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter , SSERVI team TREX lunar science investigations lead , Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter HiRISE instrument science team , InSight sceince team , and Planetary Data System Project Office .
  • 301.286.1297
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 690.1
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: NASA
  • Brief Bio

    Maria Banks is a planetary scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. She studies the surfaces of the Moon, Mars, Pluto and Mercury. At NASA, Banks works with the science teams for several NASA missions. She is a member of the science teams for the HiRISE and LROC instruments on spacecraft orbiting Mars and the Moon respectively. Banks is also a member of the science team for InSight which is currently operating on the surface of Mars. Additionally, Banks is part of the Project Office for the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission as the Science Data Manager and works with the Planetary Data System which archives data acquired during NASA missions. Banks’ research interests include the study of glaciers and ice sheets on Earth and Mars, the measurement of migration rates for sand dunes and ripples on the surface of Mars, the morphology of new dated impact events on Mars and implications for the expected seismic response of Mars to these events, and the study of tectonic features, specifically thrust faults called lobate scarps, on the Moon and Mercury.

    Research Interests

    I study the geology and surface processes of the Moon, Mars, Pluto and Mercury. Research interests include the study of glaciers and ice sheets on Earth and Mars, the measurement of migration rates for sand dunes and ripples on the surface of Mars, the morphology of new dated impact events on Mars and implications for the expected seismic response of Mars to these events, and the study of tectonic features, specifically thrust faults called lobate scarps, on the Moon and Mercury.

    Current Projects

    Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter

    Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (HiRISE)

    InSight

    Planetary Data System

    Solar System Exploration Virtual Research Institute (SSERVI): Team TREX

    Brief Bio

    Maria Banks is a planetary scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. She studies the surfaces of the Moon, Mars, Pluto and Mercury. At NASA, Banks works with the science teams for several NASA missions. She is a member of the science teams for the HiRISE and LROC instruments on spacecraft orbiting Mars and the Moon respectively. Banks is also a member of the science team for InSight which is currently operating on the surface of Mars. Additionally, Banks is part of the Project Office for the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission as the Science Data Manager and works with the Planetary Data System which archives data acquired during NASA missions. Banks’ research interests include the study of glaciers and ice sheets on Earth and Mars, the measurement of migration rates for sand dunes and ripples on the surface of Mars, the morphology of new dated impact events on Mars and implications for the expected seismic response of Mars to these events, and the study of tectonic features, specifically thrust faults called lobate scarps, on the Moon and Mercury.

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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