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Dr. Thomas B. McCord

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Senior Scientist

Currently resides in WA
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Areas of Expertise
Targets: Asteroids, Callisto, Ceres, Comets, Earth, Enceladus, Europa, Ganymede, Iapetus, Icy satellites, Mars, Mercury, Meteorites, Moon, Small satellites, Titan, Vesta
Disciplines/Techniques: Geochemistry, Geology, Laboratory Spectroscopy, Mineralogy, Remote sensing, Spectroscopy, Thermal modeling
Missions: Apollo, Cassini, Chandrayaan 1 (India), Dawn, Europa Clipper, Galileo, Mariner 9, Mars Express (ESA), Rosetta
Mission Roles: Calibration/Test planning, Data archive, Data validation, Instrument Co-Investigator, Instrument PI, Mission science team, Optical design, Requirements generation and flow down, Science operations
Instruments: Cameras, FTIR, Imaging spectrometers, Spectrometers
Facilities: Cerro Tololo, IRTF, Kitt Peak, Palomar

Research Interests

Composition of Solar System objects, and especially the surfaces.

Professional History

California Institute of Technology:  MS geology 1966, Ph.D. Astronomy and Planetary Science 1968, Postdoctral Fellow 1968

Mass. Inst. Tech: asst and assoc professor, tenured, 1968-78.

University of Hawaii:  Professor and director. 1976-2021

Honors and Awards

Whipple Award AGU

Fellow AGU and AAAS

NASA Distinguished Service Medal

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