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MESSENGER NASA Science Update Panel Biographies

Marilyn M. Lindstrom, MESSENGER Program Scientist
NASA Headquarters, Washington

Marylin MESSENGER's Program Scientist at NASA Headquarters is Dr. Marilyn Lindstrom. She is the liaison between the MESSENGER principal investigator and the science team and NASA program management on science matters. She is responsible for overseeing science planning, implementation, analysis, and data archiving, as well as for facilitating MESSENGER science. Dr. Lindstrom is also program scientist for the Mars Fundamental Research program, Astromaterials Curation, and Planetary EPO. She previously managed the Planetary Instrument Definition and Development and Mars Data Analysis Programs. Prior to coming to Headquarters she was curator of Antarctic meteorites at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, and a research scientist studying rocks from the Earth, Moon, and Mars. She is particularly interested in comparative planetology of the terrestrial planets and is delighted to have a role in studying Mercury, the least known of these bodies.

Contact Information: 202.358.1254
e-mail: marilyn.lindstrom-1@nasa.gov

Brian J. Anderson, MESSENGER Deputy Project Scientist
The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Brian J. Anderson As the deputy project scientist for MESSENGER, Brian J. Anderson oversees the orbital operations planning to ensure that observations from all of the instruments are coordinated to meet the mission objectives. His research areas include the dynamics of space plasmas and planetary magnetic fields. At APL since 1988, he served as Magnetometer Instrument Scientist on the Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous mission and until recently filled that role on MESSENGER as well.

Contact Information: 240.228.6347
e-mail: brian.anderson@jhuapl.edu

Ronald J. Vervack, Jr., MESSENGER Participating Scientist
The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Ronald J. Vervack Ronald J. Vervack, Jr. has been a Senior Research Scientist at APL since 2000. His research involves the remote sensing of planetary atmospheres, comets, and asteroids using a variety of spectroscopic techniques from spacecraft and ground-based telescopes. His involvement in the MESSENGER mission is through the Participating Scientist Program, and he is utilizing a combination of observations and modeling to investigate the various processes that generate and maintain the tenuous Mercury exosphere.

Contact Information: 240.228.8221
e-mail: ron.vervack@jhuapl.edu

Maria T. Zuber, MESSENGER Co-Investigator
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Maria T. Zuber Maria Zuber is the head of the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She studies the structure and tectonics of solid solar system objects and specializes in using gravity and laser altimetry measurements to determine interior structure and evolution. She is leading the analysis of the Mercury Laser Altimeter data from MESSENGER, and she is the chair of the mission’s Geophysics Group.

Contact Information: 617.253.6397
e-mail: zuber@mit.edu

Mark S. Robinson, MESSENGER Co-Investigator
Arizona State University

Mark S. Robinson Mark S. Robinson, a professor in Arizona State University’s School of Earth and Space Exploration, is an expert in planetary surface morphology and specializes in image analysis and stereogrammetry. He is leading the development of global image products and the analysis of Mercury Dual Imaging System and Mercury Atmospheric and Surface Composition Spectrometer spectral measurements of the surface.

Contact Information: 480.727.9691
e-mail: mark.s.robinson@asu.edu

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