Co-Investigator, Atmospheric Modeling,
Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research
Wojciech Markiewicz graduated in 1976 from York University, Toronto, Canada in combined applied mathematics and physics. He continued at York to obtain a Ph. D., in physics in 1982. He was awarded a postgraduate fellowship, which he took up in the Department of Applied Mathematics in Cambridge, England. After two years there, he traveled to Heidelberg, Germany where he worked five years in the fields of early stages of solar system formation and acceleration of cosmic rays in supernova shocks. He joined MPS in 1989 where he is now staff scientist in the field of planetary science.
He is interested in most aspects of planetary science. Since a little more than a decade his research has been focused on various physical aspects of present day Mars. It started with studying the optical properties of the Martian aerosols and clouds. This has now expended to include Martian mineralogy and seasonal cycles of polar regions with emphasis on subsurface water ice. He is or has been a co-investigator for the following instruments on Mars missions; the High Resolution Stereo Camera on the Mars Express Orbiter, he is also the leader of its atmospheric science working group, the camera experiments PanCam for Mars NetLander, the Mars Environmental Compatibility Assessment experiment, an instrument originally to be flown on the 2001 NASA lander, and the Phoenix mission pages about you are presently reading. He was also the leader of the Robotic Arm Camera team, an experiment which was part of the MVACS payload on the Mars Polar Lander. Recently he also took part in the ESA study of a Multi-user Facility for Exobiology Research for Mars landers.
He is also, although to a smaller fraction of his time, involved in cometary research. He is an associate scientist for the Optical, Spectroscopic, and Infrared Remote Imaging System (OSIRIS) which is on its way to comet "67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko" on the orbiter of the ESA's Rosetta mission.
He was a co-investigator for the micro-gravity experiment CODAG flown on the NASA shuttle, which investigated the earliest stages of the formation of planetesimals, as well as a co-investigator for the Infrared spectrometer on ESA Smart-1 mission to the Moon. Presently he is also the principal investigator for the Venus Monitoring Camera. This instrument is part of the core payload of the ESA Venus Express mission to be launched in 2005.
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