Dr. Rosemary Margaret Killen

Dr. Rosemary Margaret Killen

  • RESEARCH AST, PLANETARY STUDIES
  • 301.286.6574
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 695
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: NASA
  • Brief Bio

    Dr. Killen has published extensively on the exospheres of Mercury and the Moon.

    Dr. Killen is PI for the SSERVI Team, LEADER, "Lunar Environment and Dynamics for Exploration Research". LEADER is a consortium of 33 scientists in eight institutions studying the environment of the Moon, the effects of human exploration on the lunar environment and the effects of the lunar environment on humans and their systems on and around the Moon.


    She was a Participating Scientist on the MESSENGER Mission to Mercury, Deputy PI on the DREAM and DREAM2 teams of the Solar System Exploration Virtual Institute, and Co-I on STROFIO, a mass spectrometer on Bepi-Colombo. She has observed Mercury, the Moon and the Galilean satellites at many major observatories. She is interested in the physics of space weathering and the interactions of the solar wind plasma with the surfaces of planets and satellites to produce exospheres. She has over 100 papers published in the refereed literature and almost 200 abstracts presented at scientific meetings.
     

    Research Interests

    Research Scientist

    I study the exospheres of the Moon and Mercury via ground-based spectroscopy, space-based ultraviolet spectroscopy, and mathematical modeling using analytical and Monte Carlo  models.

    Current Projects

    LEADER TEAM of SSERVI (Solar System Exploration and Research Virtual Institute), PI; DREAM2 TEAM of SSERVI (Solar System Exploration and Research Virtual Institute), Deputy PI; Ground-based coronagraphic observations of the lunar sodium exosphere, PI; Team member on the STROFIO mass spectrometer team for the ESA Bepi-Colombo mission to Mercury; Discovery Data Analysis for MESSENGER MASCS Data

    I study planetary exospheres (tenuous atmospheres) throughout our solar system, concentrating on Mercury and the Moon.

    Education

    • Rice University, Space Physics and Astronomy, Ph.D. 1987
    • University of Texas at Austin, Astronomy, MS 1975
    • Southwestern University, Mathematics and Physics, BS 1971
     

    Professional Societies

    American Astronomical Society Division for Planetary Science; American Geophysical Society; International Astronomical Union, 1985 - Present
    Full member
    International Astronomical Union, 2007 - Present

    Awards

    Robert H Goddard Group Achievement Award for Science for SSERVI Team DREAM2, 2019

    NASA Group Achievement Award for MESSENGER, 2018

    Robert H Goddard Exceptional Achievement for Science, 2018

    Solar System Division Peer Award, 2014

    Selected Public Outreach

    New Views of Mercury's Exosphere from MESSENGER 10 / 2018 - 10 / Present
    https://pubs.er.usgs.gov/publications

    Public talk at the Geological Society of Wshington, Given at the COSMOS  Club, Washington, DC

    October 24, 2018

    Brief Bio

    Dr. Killen has published extensively on the exospheres of Mercury and the Moon.

    Dr. Killen is PI for the SSERVI Team, LEADER, "Lunar Environment and Dynamics for Exploration Research". LEADER is a consortium of 33 scientists in eight institutions studying the environment of the Moon, the effects of human exploration on the lunar environment and the effects of the lunar environment on humans and their systems on and around the Moon.


    She was a Participating Scientist on the MESSENGER Mission to Mercury, Deputy PI on the DREAM and DREAM2 teams of the Solar System Exploration Virtual Institute, and Co-I on STROFIO, a mass spectrometer on Bepi-Colombo. She has observed Mercury, the Moon and the Galilean satellites at many major observatories. She is interested in the physics of space weathering and the interactions of the solar wind plasma with the surfaces of planets and satellites to produce exospheres. She has over 100 papers published in the refereed literature and almost 200 abstracts presented at scientific meetings.
     

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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