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Ross A. Beyer


NASA Ames Research Center
Ross Beyer / Mail Stop 245-3
Bldg. N245, Rm. 205B
P.O. Box 1
Moffet Field, CA 94035-0001

Ross Beyer
SETI Institute
339 Bernardo Avenue, Suite 200
Mountain View, CA 94043

Office: Building N245, room 205B
Phone: (650) 604-0324
Fax: (650) 604-6779
E‑Mail: Ross.A.Beyer@nasa.gov
Web: http://RossBeyer.net/science/
ORCID iD: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4503-3335
GitHub: https://github.com/rbeyer

Ross is currently a Principal Investigator and Research Scientist with the Carl Sagan Center at the SETI Institute. He carries out his research in the Space Science and Astrobiology Division (Planetary Systems Branch, SST) and the Intelligent Robotics Group (part of the Intelligent Systems Division, TI) at the NASA Ames Research Center. He studies surface geomorphology, surface processes, remote sensing and photogrammetry of the solid bodies in our Solar System—if you can stand on it, he's interested in what it's like and how it got that way.

Ross works on planetary surface studies. He has performed geophysical modeling of diapirism on Mars and other terrestrial planets. He works on ways to quantitatively analyze the meter-scale topography and surface roughness of planetary surfaces via remote sensing. This work has been used to help plan landing sites on Mars. Ross has worked to gain a better understanding of the stratigraphy and layering on Mars, particularly in the slopes of the chasmata and the interior mesas in order to learn more about the geologic history of Mars. Ross has also worked with images from Pluto and Charon to better understand their geology and tectonic history.

With Ames since 2005; With SETI since 2007


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Peer-Reviewed Papers

Many of my papers can be found via my ORCID iD (https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4503-3335) or via the ads.

I have also self-archived some of my papers from the era before permissive copyleft.

Asteroid (141995) Rossbeyer

Asteroid (141995) Rossbeyer (formerly 2002 PU154) was discovered 2002 Aug 12 by Marc W. Buie at Cerro Tololo. It was named for me to honor my service and contributions to the New Horizons Mission.