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FOCUS SPEAKER: Aswin Vasavada

About Ashwin Vasavada

Deputy Project Scientist, Mars Science Lander, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Dr. Vasavada is a planetary scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. He is presently the Deputy Project Scientist on the Mars Science Laboratory, a Mars rover set for launch in November 2011, and helps lead the international team of scientists on that mission. His research interests include the climate history of Mars, the weather on Jupiter and Saturn, and the possibility of ice at the poles of the Moon and Mercury. He has participated in the operation and analysis of data from several NASA spacecraft missions, including the Galileo mission to Jupiter and the Cassini mission to Saturn. He holds a B.S. in Geophysics from UCLA and a Ph.D. in Planetary Science from Caltech.

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