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Dr. Eric Palmer

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Senior Scientist

Currently resides in AZ
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Areas of Expertise
Targets: Icy satellites, Moon, Vesta
Missions: Cassini, Dawn, OSIRIS-REx
Mission Roles: Data archive

Research Interests

Dr. Eric Palmer is interested in the stability and transport of carbon dioxide on Iapetus, the photolytic generation of carbon dioxide, and the aqueous alteration of the CM chondrites. He is an expert in the application of spectrophotoclinometric technics to the determination of small body topography, shape and surface scattering properties. He has developed navigation software for surface rovers using only a terrain model and the horizon. 

Professional History

Dr. Palmer received his BS in Computer Science from Purdue University in 1990 from which he also received an MA in Political Science in 1991. He received an MS in Space Studies from the University of North Dakota in 2000. From 1991 to 2004, Dr. Palmer served in the United States Air Force as an Intelligence Officer and then a Military Pilot. He received his PhD in Planetary Science from the University of Arizona in 2009. He joined PSI in 2010 as a Postdoctoral Research Scientist to work on the NASA Dawn mission, and joined its permanent science staff in 2013. Dr. Palmer is the Manager of the Asteroid and Dust Subnote of the NASA Planetary Data System.

Honors and Awards

Minor Planet 24412 Ericpalmer

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