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New Horizons Team Member to Discuss Pluto Fly-By at 2015 Mar Society Convention

22 Jul 2015, 15:43 UTC
New Horizons Team Member to Discuss Pluto Fly-By at 2015 Mar Society Convention
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Dr. Michael Summers, a member of NASA’s science team for the New Horizons mission and a professor of planetary science and astronomy at George Mason University, will give an update about the historic fly-by of Pluto and its moon, Charon, as well as plans for the spacecraft’s next objective - exploring the Kuiper Belt - at the 18th Annual International Mars Society Convention, August 13-16, at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. A planetary scientist who specializes in the structure and evolution of the atmospheres of Earth, Mars, Io, Titan, Triton, Uranus, Pluto and its moon Charon, Dr. Summers has served on several space mission science teams (UARS, MAS, Space Shuttle, AIM, ARES Mars Airplane, among others) in the role of science planning and the interpretation of spacecraft observations. He has also participated in numerous NASA panels and research groups. Prof. Summers is active in educational activities and has contributed to the development of the GMU Astronomy B.S., Physics Ph.D., CSI Ph.D., Climate Dynamics Ph.D., B.S. in Atmospheric Sciences degrees, and numerous other concentrations and curricular programs. In addition, he serves as an advisor for education and research to NASA and the commercial space industry. Dr. Summers received a Bachelor’s degree ...

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