Scientists and Engineers

Lisa Ballard

Lisa works to make NASA planetary mission data more findable and usable. Collaborating with scientists and researchers to develop the Rings Node's primary database and search interface. Developing full stack web applications.

Michael Busch

I primarily study near-Earth asteroids, using radio and radar techniques. I have particular interests in the shapes, spin states, internal structures, and histories of individual objects - especially spacecraft mission targets and potential Earth impactors.

Douglas Caldwell

Caldwell is a Co-Investigator on the Kepler Mission, the Instrument Scientist for the Kepler Mission. He works at the Kepler Science Office on the whole instrument/detector system.

Laurance Doyle

Long before the discovery of the first planet beyond our solar system, astronomer Laurance Doyle began theorizing about the habitability of planets around other stars, clarifying the conditions needed for a planet to bear life.

Pascal Lee

Pascal Lee is a Planetary Scientist at the SETI Institute. He is Co-Founder and Chairman of the Mars Institute, and Director of the Haughton-Mars Project (HMP) at NASA Ames Research Center.

Franck Marchis

Over the past 15 years, he has dedicated his research to the study of our solar system using mainly ground-based telescopes equipped with adaptive optics. The solar system is characterized by considerable diversity of its constituent bodies.

Cynthia Phillips

An expert in processing spacecraft images of the planets, Cynthia Phillips is particularly interested in the search for active geological processes on such worlds as Mars, Europa, Io, and Enceladus.

Jon Richards

I am a Senior Software Engineer at the SETI Institute concentrating on detecting SETI signals using the Allen Telescope Array.

Jason Rowe

Jason is current a Research Scientist at the SETI Institute and a member of the Kepler Science-Office.

Mark Showalter

Showalter works on some of NASA’s highest-profile missions to the outer planets, including Cassini, now orbiting Saturn, and New Horizons, which flew past Jupiter en route to its 2015 encounter with Pluto.