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Dr. Xiao-Duan Zou

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Research Scientist

Currently resides in MD
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Areas of Expertise
Targets: Asteroids, Comets, Moon
Disciplines/Techniques: Crater Counting, Education/Public Outreach (EPO), Geology, Geomorphology, Impacts, Mapping, Photometry, Remote sensing, Shape modeling, Spectroscopy
Missions: Chang'E 1 (China), Chang'E 2 (China), Chang'E 3 (China), OSIRIS-REx
Mission Roles: Calibration/Test planning, Data archive, Data validation, Mission science team, Science operations
Instruments: Cameras, Imaging spectrometers, Spectrometers

Research Interests

Dr. Zou Xiao-Duan(邹小端)'s current research interests are focused on the physical properties of the surface of the Moon, asteroids and cometary nuclei.

Professional History

Dr. Zou worked for the Chinese Lunar Exploration Project (Chang’e 1 to Chang’e 5) from its start in 2007 as a science team member during her graduate work. She was responsible for laser altimeter topographic mapping and camera related photogrammetry, landing sites topography and geomorphology analysis, and simulations for multiple lunar rover science instruments. She was a member of the Chang’e 5 Task Planning Team and an editor of the Chinese Lunar Atlas.

From 2015-2019, Dr. Zou has worked as a Postdoctoral Research Scientist at Planetary Science Institute (PSI). Dr. Zou works on a research project on cometary photometry, supported by a NASA Planetary Mission Data Analysis Program grant and an ECF grant, under the supervision of Dr. Jian-Yang Li. Dr. Zou has analyzed the data returned by several cometary exploration missions, including Deep Space 1, Stardust, Deep Impact, EPOXI, Stardust-NExT, and the ESA-NASA Rosetta mission.

Dr. Zou is currently a member of NASA’s OSIRIS-REx team, serving as a collaborator on this mission. OSIRIS-REx is an asteroid sample return mission. She is member of the Photometric Modeling Group and the Spectral Analysis Group, participating in software development and photometric analysis of asteroid Bennu. 

Honors and Awards

  • NASA Group Achievement Award 2017, with OSIRIS-REx Mission Team.
  • Gold and silver medals for lunar mapping products from Change’E 1, Chinese Society for Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation, 2014
  • Young Scientists Fellowship, National Natural Science Foundation of China, 2013, 2010
  • Outstanding Graduate Student, National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Science, 2009.

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