Jason M. Soderblom
Research Scientist, MIT, Dept. of EAPS

The Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL)

I am currently at MIT working with Prof. Maria Zuber as a research associate on the Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) science team. My focuses is on investigating the physical and chemical properties of and processes operating on the lunar surface. Grail The twin GRAIL spacecraft launched from the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) on September 10, 2011. The spacecraft were crashed into the Moon on December 17, 2012 after successfully completing a 3-month Primary Mission and a 3-month low-altitude Extended Mission.

The Cassini Huygens Mission

Cassini In 2011 I was selected as one of eight new U.S. Participating Scientists on the Cassini Mission. My role is to investigate the surface and atmosphere of Saturn's largest moon, Titan with the Cassini Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS) Team and the Cassini Radar Science Team (CRST). I am also involved in mission operations; I serve as the VIMS representative for the Cassini Cross Discipline Target Working Team.

The Mars Exploration Rover Mission (MER)

I am a science collaborator with the Mars Exploration Rover (MER) Athena Science Team MER and served as a Payload Downlink Lead (PDL) for the Pancam team from 2004 to 2007. As part of my Ph.D. work, I developed a radiometric calibration for the Navcam data; this calibration is now used to calibrate all MER navigation camera data that is released to the PDS. I was also heavily involved in the acquisition and reduction of the Pancam ground and in-flight calibration data.

Future Mission Planning

I have had significant participation in the development of advance near-infrared instruments and missions for exploring Titan. In 2008 I was appointed to the Science Definition Team Member of NASA's Titan Saturn System Mission (TSSM) study. Titan Saturn System Mission I went on to become the Lead for the High-Resolution Imager and Spectrometer for that study. In parallel to that study, I worked with JPL to develop a near-infrared mapping spectrometer to propose to NASA should NASA select TSSM as the next Flagship Mission. In 2010, this effort was integrated into the JET Discovery mission proposal and became the TIGER instrument; I became the TIGER Deputy Instrument Lead in that proposal. I am also a member of two separate teams proposing instruments for the Europa Jupiter System Mission (EJSM).