Date Posted: 09/21/2010 Application Deadline: 07/01/2013 Job Number: 0000106 Section: 3223 Group Name: GEOPHYSICS & PLANETARY GEOSCIENCES
The research will focus on the geologic interpretation of data returned by Mars orbiter and lander/rover missions. Areas currently being investigated include: the geology, geomorphology, rock distribution, and landscape development of the landing sites; the physical characteristics of the surface from remotely sensed data; the selection of landing sites for Mars landers and rovers currently under development; the geologic setting of layered sedimentary deposits; and the tectonics of structural features, regions and provinces. This research is closely tied to supporting the present Mars Exploration program in terms of selecting landing sites for landers and rovers using targeted orbital remote sensing data and understanding how the surfaces relate to remote sensing data.
Golombek, M. P., et al., 2008, Martian surface properties from joint analysis of orbital, Earth-based, and surface observations: Chapter 21 in, The Martian Surface: Composition, Mineralogy and Physical Properties, J. F. Bell III editor, Cambridge University Press, p. 468-497.
Golombek, M. P., and Phillips, R. J., 2010, Mars Tectonics: Chapter 5 in Planetary Tectonics, T. R. Watters and R. A. Schultz, eds., Cambridge University Press, pp. 183-232.
Golombek, M. P., et al., 2006, Erosion rates at the Mars Exploration Rover landing sites and long-term climate change on Mars: Journal of Geophysical Research, Planets, v. 111, E12S10, doi:10.1029/2006JE002754.
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Reference RO# 18263: http://www2.orau.gov/NASA_Catalog/Opportunity/18263
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