FOCUS SPEAKER: Aswin Vasavada
Deputy Project Scientist, Mars Science Lander, Jet Propulsion
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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