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Dr. Henry Throop

Senior Scientist

Currently resides in Mumbai, India
throop [at] psi.edu
Areas of Expertise
Dwarf planets, Exoplanets, Gas giants, Icy satellites, Interplanetary Dust, Jupiter, Kuiper Belt, Planetary rings, Pluto, Saturn | Cassini, New Horizons | Space-based observing, Spectroscopy, Remote sensing, Education/Public Outreach, Astrobiology

Research Interests

Dr. Henry Throop’s research interests focus on the outer solar system and beyond. He has been involved with a diverse set of topics ranging from planetary ring formation including the rings of Saturn and Jupiter, planet and star formation, astrobiology and the origins of life, and searching for (and co-discovering) Pluto's smallest moon, Styx, in 2012. His studies include evolutionary modeling of planet formation, with verification from telescopic observations.

Professional History

Dr. Throop is a Senior Scientist with the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson, Arizona, USA. He received a PhD in Planetary Science from the University of Colorado, USA, in 2000. He is involved with the New Horizon’s mission to Pluto, working with the visible-IR spectrometer (Ralph) team. Dr. Throop has been a member of the science team for NASA’s New Horizons mission since 2003, and was involved in its historic flyby of Pluto on July 14, 2015. He is responsible for writing award-winning software for operations planning. He has also been involved with the Cassini mission’s imaging team in the data acquisition and analysis of ring studies in particular. He is a frequent consultant to the US's NASA and the National Science Foundation.  While working at NASA, he managed two of NASA's major scientific research programs. While living in Africa, Dr. Throop worked extensively with rural schools, helping to develop their science programs and inspire the next generation of leaders. He has presented more than 100 lectures for science festivals, planetariums, school groups, and public events across the USA, Mexico, and Africa. Dr. Throop’s work has been featured in Science, Nature, Time, The Washington Post, on the History Channel, and National Geographic TV. 

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