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2011-08-25
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Hello. My name is Franck Poitrasson. I spent part of the year living in Brazil and part of the year living in Toulouse, France. My role on the ChemCam team is both a geochemist and mineralogist. I participated 10 years ago in the initial definition of the instrument on the French side and will participate in the mineralogical and geochemical interpretation of the data returned by the rover when on Mars. When not working on ChemCam, I am working on the geochemistry of terrestrial large...


 
2011-08-25
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Hi there! My name is Noureddine Melikechi and I live in Dover, DE, USA. I contribute to the ChemCam team as a physicist by aiding in the analysis of the laser induced breakdown spectroscopy data of various samples. My work on laser induced breakdown spectroscopy of organic compounds, including biomedical ones, and my background as an experimental physicist will be beneficial to me as a team member. When I’m not working on ChemCam, I work on other projects including identifying...


 
2011-08-25
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Hello, my name is Nicolas Mangold from Nantes, France and I am a geologist/Martian scientist on the ChemCam team. As a member of the team, I will analyze ChemCam data to link the chemistry of the rocks to the geology of the landing site, as seen through the eyes of cameras, in order to better understand if Mars had a warmer climate in the past. I've done field geology in Iceland, where rocks are predominantly volcanic, as on Mars, to improve my knowledge in such a context. In my free time I...


 
2011-06-03
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My name is Nathan Bridges and I live in Columbia, MD, USA. I am a science co-investigator with the ChemCam team. My major role is in the planning, processing, and analysis of image data from the Remote Micro Imager and in the analysis of LIBS data. At home, I love spending time with my wife and two children. I enjoy swimming, running, and yard work. I love to travel and have been fortunate that my work has brought me to many interesting places. I remember I once enjoyed reading books, but...


 
2011-06-03
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Hi there! My name is Ken Herkenhoff and I live in Flagstaff, AZ, USA. My role on the ChemCam team as a planetary geologist is to help plan what areas of the martian surface to image with the Remote Microscopic Imager (RMI) and then study those images. I’m also checking and updating the calibration of the RMI using images taken on Mars. 

I was fortunate to be deeply involved in the Mars Pathfinder project at JPL, which sent the Sojourner rover to the surface of Mars....


 

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