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Experts on Kuiper Belt

The Kuiper belt /ˈkpər/ or /'køypǝr/[1] (as in Dutch), sometimes called theEdgeworth–Kuiper belt, is a region of the Solar System beyond the planets, extending from the orbit of Neptune (at 30 AU) to approximately 50 AU from theSun.[2] It is similar to the asteroid belt, but it is far larger—20 times as wide and 20 to 200 times as massive.[3][4] Like the asteroid belt, it consists mainly of small bodies, or remnants from the Solar System's formation. Although many asteroids are composed primarily of rock and metal, most Kuiper belt objects are composed largely of frozen volatiles (termed "ices"), such as methaneammonia and water. The Kuiper belt is home to three officially recognized dwarf planetsPlutoHaumea, and Makemake. Some of the Solar System's moons, such as Neptune's Triton and Saturn's Phoebe, are also thought to have originated in the region.[5][6]

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Name Missions & Mission Experience Targets Techniques Major Facilities & Instrument Development

Elisabeth Adams
Kepler Dwarf planets, Exoplanets, Kuiper Belt, Pluto, Small satellites Ground-based observing, Numerical modeling, Space-based observing IRTF, MMT ** Cameras

Amy Barr Mlinar
Cassini, Europa Clipper, Galileo, New Horizons Callisto, Charon, Dwarf planets, Europa, Exoplanets, Ganymede, Gas giants, Icy satellites, Kuiper Belt, Mercury, Moon, Pluto, Saturn Astrobiology, Education/Public Outreach, Geology, Impacts, Numerical modeling, Planetary Interiors, Tectonics, Volcanism

Susan Benecchi
New Horizons Dwarf planets, Kuiper Belt, Pluto Education/Public Outreach, Ground-based observing, Photometry

Roger Clark
Cassini, Chandrayaan 1 (India), Europa Clipper, Galileo, Mars Global Surveyor, Mars Observer, MRO ** Instrument Co-Investigator, Mission Co-Investigator Asteroids, Ceres, Comets, Dwarf planets, Earth, Exoplanets, Icy satellites, Interplanetary Dust, Io, Jupiter, Kuiper Belt, Mars, Mercury, Moon, Neptune, Planetary rings, Pluto, Saturn, Small satellites, Titan, Uranus, Venus, Vesta Space-based observing, Spectroscopy, Remote sensing, Photometry, Numerical modeling, Geology, Ground-based observing, Mineralogy, Mapping

Tommy Grav
NEOWISE Asteroids, Comets, Icy satellites, Jupiter, Kuiper Belt, Neptune, Saturn, Small satellites, Uranus Ground-based observing, Numerical modeling, Photometry, Space-based observing

Carol Neese
Cassini, Dawn, OSIRIS-REx ** Data archive Asteroids, Ceres, Dwarf planets, Icy satellites, Interplanetary Dust, Kuiper Belt, Meteorites, Pluto, Small satellites, Vesta

Nalin Samarasinha
Asteroids, Comets, Kuiper Belt Education/Public Outreach, Ground-based observing, Numerical modeling, Remote sensing Cerro Tololo, Kitt Peak

Jordan Steckloff
EPOXI, Stardust-NExT Asteroids, Charon, Comets, Dwarf planets, Kuiper Belt, Pluto, Trans-Neptunian objects Celestial Mechanics, Education/Public Outreach, Numerical modeling, Thermal modeling

Henry Throop
Cassini, New Horizons Dwarf planets, Exoplanets, Gas giants, Icy satellites, Interplanetary Dust, Jupiter, Kuiper Belt, Planetary rings, Pluto, Saturn Space-based observing, Spectroscopy, Remote sensing, Education/Public Outreach, Astrobiology

Paul Weissman
Galileo, Rosetta Asteroids, Comets, Kuiper Belt, Small satellites Space-based observing, Remote sensing, Photometry, Numerical modeling, Education/Public Outreach, Ground-based observing

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