MRO Participating Scientist!

Today I was notified that I have been selected to join the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) mission's High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) as a participating scientist.

This is awesome for a number of reasons:

  • This was the very first proposal that I wrote as a principal investigator (PI) to a NASA funding opportunity.
  • It pays a portion of my salary for the next couple of years.
  • I get to help select targets and plan observations.
  • I get to be among the first people to see sub-meter resolution images of the Martian surface.
  • I get to be involved in a bunch of great new scientific discoveries.

Of course this means I also get a ton of e-mail, and have a lot of work ahead of me, but it will be worth it.