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Dr. Steve Squyres

Ok, this not a stalker site.  I just read "Roving Mars", by Steve Squyers.   This is a tale of a guy that every reason to give up the dream of getting rovers to Mars, and there is not quit in him.  Lesser men would have thrown in the towel and there would be no rovers crawling around Mars for the past five years.  All of the incredible images that have come back revealing Mars close up, would not have been.  So thanks, and here is some info on the man with the right stuff.

Steven W. SquyresSteven W. Squyres

Goldwin Smith Professor of Astronomy
Ph.D. 1981 (Cornell University)

Campus Address:
428 Space Sciences Building
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853

Email: squyres at astro.cornell.edu

Phone: 607-255-3508

Specialty Areas: Planetary Sciences

Research Projects: Gamma-Ray Spectrometer Investigation for the 2001 Mars Surveyor Mission., Mars Express High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) Investigation., MER: Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, Cassini Imaging Science Subsystem., Participation in the HIRISE Mission, Mars Exploration Rover Pancam Investigation

Biography: Steven Squyres's research focuses on the large solid bodies of the solar system: the terrestrial planets and the satellit es of the Jovian planets. His work involves analysis of data from both spacecraft and ground-based telescopes, as well as a variety of types of geophysical modeling. Areas of particular interest include the tectonics of Venus, the history of water on Mars, and the geophysics of the icy satellites of the outer planets. Data analysis and theory are used together to examine the processes that have shaped the surfaces and interiors of these bodies.

Squyres has participated in a number of planetary spaceflight missions. From 1978 to 1981 he was an associate of the Voyager imaging science team, participating in analysis of imaging data from the encounters with Jupiter and Saturn. He was a radar investigator on the Magellan mission to Venus, a member of the Mars Observer gamma-ray spectrometer flight investigation team, and a co-investigator on the Russian Mars `96 mission. Dr. Squyres is currently the scientific Principal Investigator for the Mars Exploration Rover Project. He is also a co-investigator on the Mars Express mission, and on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment. He is a member of the Gamma-Ray Spectrometer Flight Investigation Team for the Mars Odyssey mission, and a member of the imaging team for the Cassini mission to Saturn.

Selected Publications: -Hillier, J., and S. W. Squyres. "Thermal Stress Tectonics on the Satellites of Saturn and Uranus." J. Geophys. Res. 96, 15665-15674 (1991).
-Squyres, S. W., D. G. Jankowski, G. E. McGill, M. Simons, and S. C. Solomon. "Plains Tectonism on Venus: The Deformation Belts of Lavinia Planitia." J. Geophys. Res. 97, 13579-13600 (1992).
-Squyres, S. W., and L. G. Evans. "Effects of Material Mixing on Planetary Gamma-ray Spectroscopy." J. Geophys. Res. 97, 14701-14715 (1992).
-Jankowski, D. G., and S. W. Squyres. "Softened" Impact Craters on Mars: Implications for Ground Ice and the Structure of the Martian Megaregolith." Icarus 106, 365-379 (1993).
-Squyres, S. W., and J. F. Kasting. "Early Mars: How Warm and How Wet?" Science 265, 744-749 (1994).


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