Google Play icon

Geology Award Going to Mars Landing Site Expert at JPL

Share
Posted October 7, 2015
JPL scientist Matt Golombek at launch pad for NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit, at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

JPL scientist Matt Golombek at launch pad for NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Spirit, at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

The Geological Society of America has named Golombek to receive the 2015 G.K. Gilbert Award during the society’s annual meeting Nov. 1 to 4 in Baltimore.

Golombek is the project scientist for NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Project, the landing site scientist for NASA’s Mars Exploration Program, and co-chair of NASA’s Mars Landing Site Steering Committee. He was project scientist for NASA’s Mars Pathfinder Project, which successfully put the first rover on Mars in 1997. He has been a leader in evaluating and selecting sites for every NASA Mars rover mission, for the 2008 Phoenix Mars Lander, and for the upcoming InSight lander and Mars 2020 rover.

The award recognizes outstanding contributions to the solution of fundamental problems of planetary geology. It is named for Grove Karl Gilbert (1843-1918), an influential American geologist who saw the importance of a planetary perspective in solving geologic problems. Gilbert was the only person twice elected president of the Geological Society of America.

“I consider this a recognition for the kind of work JPL does at the intersection of science and engineering,” Golombek said. “My work on landing site selection is right at that interface, working with the engineers who design landing systems and the scientists who study the sites.”

Golombek is a New Jersey native. He holds an undergraduate degree from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, and masters and a doctorate in geology and geophysics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. In addition to assessment of landing sites on Mars before and after the landings, he has studied tectonics and erosion rates on Mars as contributors to the surface morphology and geologic evolution.

For the NASA Science Mission Directorate, Washington, JPL manages the Mars Exploration Rover Project, which operates Opportunity; the Mars Science Laboratory Project, which operates Curiosity; and the InSight and Mars 2020 projects.

Source: JPL

Featured news from related categories:

Technology Org App
Google Play icon
85,648 science & technology articles

Most Popular Articles

  1. New treatment may reverse celiac disease (October 22, 2019)
  2. The World's Energy Storage Powerhouse (November 1, 2019)
  3. Universe is a Sphere and Not Flat After All According to a New Research (November 7, 2019)
  4. "Helical Engine" Proposed by NASA Engineer could Reach 99% the Speed of Light. But could it, really? (October 17, 2019)
  5. How to enable NTFS write support on Mac? (August 26, 2019)

Follow us

Facebook   Twitter   Pinterest   Tumblr   RSS   Newsletter via Email