Co-Investigator, SSI Lead, Dust Cycles,
Texas A&M University
Mark Lemmon received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from the University of Washington in 1989, and a Doctorate of Philosophy degree in Planetary Science from the University of Arizona in 1994. Lemmon worked at Arizona as a post-doctoral research assistant on the Galileo Probe, the Imager for Mars Pathfinder, and Mars Polar Lander. In 2000, Lemmon joined the Physics department at Texas A&M University as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Astronomy. Since 2002, Lemmon has been a Research Scientist in the Texas A&M Atmospheric Science department.
Lemmon is a Participating Scientist for the Mars Exploration Rovers, a Co-Investigator for the 2007 Mars Phoenix Scout Mission, and a Co-Investigator for the 2009 Mars Science Laboratory mission. He has been Principal or Co-Investigator for several NASA-funded proposals in the Planetary Atmospheres and Mars Data Analysis Programs. Lemmon has been Principal Investigator of several Hubble Space Telescope observing programs and has conducted astronomical research using observatories in Arizona, Hawaii, and Texas. In addition, Lemmon has served on the Mars Telecom Orbiter Science Definition Team and the Mars Human Precursor Science Steering Group's Dust, Soil, and Toxicology Working Group.
Lemmon's role in Phoenix is to serve as the scientific lead for the Surface Stereo Imager (SSI). He will participate in the effort design and build the camera, representing the needs of the science team to ensure that the camera can perform as needed on Mars. In addition, he will help in the effort to design operations scenarios and practicing on Earth to make Mars surface operations go smoothly. Lemmon is also a member of the Atmospheric Science Theme Group, and will use camera and other data to study the properties of dust in the Martian atmosphere.
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