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Dr. Sarah Sonnett

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Research Scientist

Currently resides in SC
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Areas of Expertise
Targets: Asteroids, Comets, Dwarf planets, Trans-Neptunian objects
Disciplines/Techniques: Astrobiology, Astrometry, Education/Public Outreach (EPO), Ground-based observing, Numerical modeling, Photometry, Shape modeling, Space-based observing, Spectroscopy, Thermal Emission Spectroscopy
Missions: NEOWISE
Instruments: Cameras
Facilities: Kitt Peak

Research Interests

Asteroids, Comets, Icy bodies, Solar system dynamics, Binary asteroids, Space missions, Exoplanets

Professional History

2016 - present: Research Scientist, The Planetary Science Institute (affiliation with NASA JPL)

2015 - 2016: Associate Research Scientist, The Planetary Science Institute (affiliation with NASA JPL)

2013 - 2016: NASA Postdoctoral Fellow with the NEOWISE space mission, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory / California Institute of Technology

2006 - 2013: Graduate Research Assistant, The University of Hawaii at Manoa

Honors and Awards

2016: NASA Group Achievement Award

2014: Asteroid (8796) Sonnett

2013: NASA Astrobiology Program Early Career Collaboration Award

2011: Active Learning Teaching Fellow

2010: The University of Hawaii Graduate Student Organization Award

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