U-M space experts available to discuss Mars findings

March 2, 2004
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U-M space experts available to discuss Mars findings

ANN ARBOR—The University of Michigan has several faculty experts available to discuss the latest announcement that Mars was once soaked with enough water to support life.

Sushil Atreya, director of the Planetary Science Laboratory, can discuss comparative atmospheres of the planets and satellites, with the aim of understanding their origin and evolution. Atreya is a member of the European Space Agency Mars Express Planetary Fourier Spectrometer science and experiment team. Express is orbiting Mars and sending data back. Atreya can be reached at: (734) 936-0489.


Stephen Bougher is a research professor of atmospheric, oceanic and space sciences. Data from his work on the Mars Odyssey mission helped the Mars Rovers Spirit and Opportunity successfully land on the planet. Bougher can be reached at: (734) 647-3585.


Lennard Fisk is head of the U-M Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences Solar and Helisopheric Research Group, which models and analyzes data from ongoing NASA missions and constructs new flight hardware for upcoming missions. Fisk can be reached at: (734) 763-8184.


Tamas Gombosi, chair of atmospheric, oceanic and space sciences, professor of aerospace engineering and director of the Space Physics Research Laboratory, can speak about physics of the space environments of planets and comets. He participates in the exploration of the solar system. He is Interdisciplinary Scientist on the international Cassini/Huygens mission to Saturn and its moon, Titan. Gombosi can be reached at: (734) 764-7222.


Nilton Renno, associate professor of atmospheric, oceanic and space sciences, can discuss the atmosphere and climate of Mars and other solar system bodies. He is co-investigator of Phoenix, the next NASA mission to Mars, set to launch in 2007. Renno can be reached at: (734) 936-0488.


J. Hunter Waite, professor of atmospheric, oceanic and space sciences, can discuss the solar system astronomy and aeronomy. He is principal investigator in the development of a Jupiter Thermosphere-Ionosphere General Circulation Model. Waite can be reached at: (734) 647-3435.


Thomas Zurbuchen, associate professor of atmospheric, oceanic and space sciences, is a member of the Solar and Heliospheric Research Group and is developing new flight hardware to measure composition of plasmas in the heliosphere. He can be reached at: (734) 647-6835.