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Zurbuchen One of Three New MESSENGER Co-Investigators

Posted: June 26, 2009

Zurbuchen One of Three New MESSENGER Co-Investigators

AOSS Professor Thomas Zurbuchen has been appointed one of three new MESSENGER Co-Investigators by NASA Science Mission Directorate Associate Administrator Edward Weiler.

Zurbuchen, is the Instrument Scientist for the Energetic Particle and Plasma Spectrometer. As a Co-Investigator, he will provide scientific direction to the operation of the Fast Imaging Plasma Spectrometer (FIPS) sensor in orbit, including calibration, data validation, science product generation, and coordination with the operation of and data returned from other instruments sensitive to the exosphere and magnetosphere.  He will also lead aspects of the science analysis of data from FIPS and other instruments in understanding Mercury's charged particle environment, particularly the analysis of the distribution of plasma ions in Mercury's vicinity and the implications of their energies and compositions for magnetosphere-solar wind interaction at Mercury.

“MESSENGER is one of the most important things I am working on and has accompanied me and my team for over 10 years,” Zurbuchen says. “We look forward to the next 10 years of science data and breakthroughs that will come from MESSENGER, and particularly from the Fast Imaging Plasma Spectrometer.”

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