PTYS/LPL Faculty

Peter Smith

FORMER STUDENTS

  • Doug Archer, 2010 (PTYS)
  • Robert Eplee, 1987 (PTYS)
  • John Moores, 2008 (PTYS)
  • Robert Reid, 1997 (PTYS)

FORMER POSTDOC(S)

  • Mike Burkland
  • Francisca Ferri
  • Peter Lanagan
  • Mark Lemmon
  • Ralph Lorenz
  • Justin Maki
  • Jim Rice
  • Ailene Yingst

OTHER STUDENT(S)

  • Amanda Alfing
  • Brent Bos
  • Amber Keske
  • Dan Millstone
  • Tim Nelson
  • Nicole Spanovich
  • Bradley Williams
Peter Smith
Professor Emeritus
Mars photography; Planetary atmospheres
Ph.D., 2009, University of Arizona

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520-621-2725


Years with LPL:  1978 to present

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Currently, Smith is the Imaging Scientist for the OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample return mission. Smith was the principal investigator for the Phoenix Mars Lander mission which returned data concerning the ice in the polar region of Mars for 5 months in 2008.

In addition, as the principal investigator for the successful Imager for Mars Pathfinder in 1997, he completed the scientific analysis of the 16,600 images collected during the 83-day mission.

He is a co-investigator on the DISR descent imager that parachuted into the dense atmosphere of Titan in January, 2005. These projects have evolved from his long term interest in optical sciences and radiative transfer in planetary atmospheres.

In the past, he has used the Hubble Space Telescope's camera both to image Titan in the near-IR resolving surface features for the first time and to obtain multi-spectral images of Mars.

CV for Dr. Smith (PDF)

CURRENT GRANTS

  • Optimizing Light for Long Duration Space Exploration
  • OSIRIS-REx Imaging Science: NASA New Frontiers
  • SeeMe Project: DARPA

CURRENT SPACECRAFT INVOLVEMENT

MER
OSIRIS-REx

FORMER SPACECRAFT INVOLVEMENT

Principal investigator for the successful Imager for Mars Pathfinder
Pioneer Venus
Pioneer Saturn
Galileo
Cassini Huygens/DISR
Beagle 2
Hayabusa
MER
Mars Polar Lander
Hubble Space Telescope
HiRISE
Principal investigator for the Phoenix Mars Lander mission

ADS PUBLICATIONS SEARCH

NASA ADS Author search: Peter H. Smith

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

McKay, C. P., et al. The Icebreaker Life Mission
to Mars: A Search for Biomolecular Evidence for
Life 2013AsBio..13..334M

Moores, J. E., Smith, P. H., Boynton, W. V. Adsorptive fractionation of HDO on JSC MARS-1 during sublimation with implications for the regolith of Mars 2011Icar..211.1129M

Mehta, M., et al. Explosive erosion during the Phoenix landing exposes subsurface water on Mars 2011Icar..211..172M

Goetz, W., et al. Correction to “Microscopy analysis of soils at the Phoenix landing site, Mars: Classification of soil particles and description of their optical and magnetic properties” 2010JGRE..11500E99G

Goetz, W., et al. Microscopy analysis of soils at the Phoenix landing site, Mars: Classification of soil particles and description of their optical and magnetic properties 2010JGRE..11500E22G

Drube, L., et al. Magnetic and optical properties of airborne dust and settling rates of dust at the Phoenix landing site 2010JGRB..11500E23D

Stoker, C. R., et al. Habitability of the Phoenix landing site 2010JGRE..11500E20S

Holstein-Rathlou, C., et al. Winds at the Phoenix landing site 2010JGRE..11500E18H

Ellehoj, M. D., et al. Convective vortices and dust devils at the Phoenix Mars mission landing site 2010JGRE..11500E16E

Moores, J. E., et al. Atmospheric dynamics at the Phoenix landing site as seen by the Surface Stereo Imager 2010JGRE..11500E08M

Rennó, N. O., et al. Possible physical and thermodynamical evidence for liquid water at the Phoenix landing site 2009JGRC..11400E03R

Whiteway, J. A., et al. Mars Water-Ice Clouds and Precipitation 2009Sci...325...68W

Kounaves, S. P., et al. The MECA Wet Chemistry Laboratory on the 2007 Phoenix Mars Scout Lander 2009JGRB..11400A19K

Smith, P. H. Water at the Phoenix landing site 2009PhDT.........5S

Moores, J. E., Pelletier, J. D., Smith, P. H. Crack propagation by differential insolation on desert surface clasts 2008Geomo.102..472M

Hecht, M. H., et al. Microscopy capabilities of the Microscopy, Electrochemistry, and Conductivity Analyzer 2008JGRE..11300A22H

Ming, D. W., et al. Mars 2007 Phoenix Scout mission Organic Free Blank: Method to distinguish Mars organics from terrestrial organics 2008JGRE..11300A21M

Smith, P. H., et al. Introduction to special section on the Phoenix Mission: Landing Site Characterization Experiments, Mission Overviews, and Expected Science 2008JGRE..11300A18S

Keller, H. U., et al. Phoenix Robotic Arm Camera 2008JGRE..11300A17K

Leer, K., et al. Magnetic properties experiments and the Surface Stereo Imager calibration target onboard the Mars Phoenix 2007 Lander: Design, calibration, and science goals 2008JGRE..11300A16L

Gunnlaugsson, H. P., et al. Telltale wind indicator for the Mars Phoenix lander 2008JGRE..11300A04G

Arvidson, R., et al. Mars Exploration Program 2007 Phoenix landing site selection and characteristics 2008JGRE..11300A03A

Bonitz, R. G., et al. NASA Mars 2007 Phoenix Lander Robotic Arm and Icy Soil Acquisition Device 2008JGRE..11300A01B

Schuerger, A. C., et al. Slow degradation of ATP in simulated martian environments suggests long residence times for the biosignature molecule on spacecraft surfaces on Mars 2008Icar..194...86S

Moores, J. E., et al. The shielding effect of small-scale martian surface geometry on ultraviolet flux 2007Icar..192..417M

Soderblom, L. A., et al. Topography and geomorphology of the Huygens landing site on Titan 2007P&SS...55.2015S

Squyres, S. W., et al. Overview of the Opportunity Mars Exploration Rover Mission to Meridiani Planum: Eagle Crater to Purgatory Ripple 2006JGRE..11112S12S

Lorenz, R. D., Lemmon, M. T., Smith, P. H. Seasonal evolution of Titan's dark polar hood: midsummer disappearance observed by the Hubble Space Telescope 2006MNRAS.369.1683L

Saito, J., et al. Detailed Images of Asteroid 25143 Itokawa from Hayabusa 2006Sci...312.1341S

Spanovich, N., et al. Surface and near-surface atmospheric temperatures for the Mars Exploration Rover landing sites 2006Icar..180..314S

Arvidson, R. E., et al. Overview of the Spirit Mars Exploration Rover Mission to Gusev Crater: Landing site to Backstay Rock in the Columbia Hills 2006JGRE..11102S01A

Tomasko, M. G., et al. Rain, winds and haze during the Huygens probe's descent to Titan's surface 2005Natur.438..765T

Lemmon, M. T., et al. Atmospheric Imaging Results from the Mars Exploration Rovers: Spirit and Opportunity 2004Sci...306.1753L

Smith, M. D., et al. First Atmospheric Science Results from the Mars Exploration Rovers Mini-TES 2004Sci...306.1750S

Herkenhoff, K. E., et al. Evidence from Opportunity's Microscopic Imager for Water on Meridiani Planum 2004Sci...306.1727H

Squyres, S. W., et al. The Opportunity Rover's Athena Science Investigation at Meridiani Planum, Mars 2004Sci...306.1698S

Herkenhoff, K. E., et al. Textures of the Soils and Rocks at Gusev Crater from Spirit's Microscopic Imager 2004Sci...305..824H

Squyres, S. W., et al. The Spirit Rover's Athena Science Investigation at Gusev Crater, Mars 2004Sci...305..794S

Thomas, N., et al. The microscope for Beagle 2 2004P&SS...52..853T

Renno, N. O., et al. MATADOR 2002: A pilot field experiment on convective plumes and dust devils 2004JGRE..10907001R

Lorenz, R. D., Smith, P. H., Lemmon, M. T. Seasonal change in Titan's haze 1992-2002 from Hubble Space Telescope observations 2004GeoRL..3110702L

Farrell, W. M., et al. Electric and magnetic signatures of dust devils from the 2000-2001 MATADOR desert tests 2004JGRE..10903004F

Ferri, F., et al. Dust devils as observed by Mars Pathfinder 2003JGRE..108.5133F

Tratt, D. M., et al. In situ measurement of dust devil dynamics: Toward a strategy for Mars 2003JGRE..108.5116T

Lemmon, M. T., Smith, P. H., Lorenz, R. D. Methane Abundance on Titan, Measured by the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph 2002Icar..160..375L

Tomasko, M. G., et al. The Descent Imager/Spectral Radiometer (DISR) Experiment on the Huygens Entry Probe of Titan 2002SSRv..104..469T

Tomasko, M. G., et al. The Descent Imager/Spectral Radiometer (DISR) Experiment on the Huygens Entry Probe of Titan 2002SSRv..104..467T

Keller, H. U., et al. The MVACS Robotic Arm Camera 2001JGR...10617609K

Smith, P. H., et al. The MVACS Surface Stereo Imager on Mars Polar Lander 2001JGR...10617589S

Mogensen, C. T., et al. Magnetic Properties Experiments on the Mars Polar Lander 2001JGR...10617579M

Aileen Yingst, R., et al. DIRTCam in the desert: The Silver Lake field test of the Robotic Arm Camera 2001JGR...106.7721A

Stoker, C. R., et al. The 1999 Marsokhod rover mission simulation at Silver Lake, California: Mission overview, data sets, and summary of results 2001JGR...106.7639S

Titov, D. V., et al. On the optical studies of the atmospheric water vapour from the surface of Mars 2000P&SS...48.1423T

Sullivan, R., et al. Results of the Imager for Mars Pathfinder windsock experiment 2000JGR...10524547S

Lorenz, R. D., et al. Seasonal Change on Titan Observed with the Hubble Space Telescope WFPC-2 1999Icar..142..391L

Thomas, N., et al. Observations of Phobos, Deimos, and bright stars with the Imager for Mars Pathfinder 1999JGR...104.9055T

Titov, D. V., et al. Measurements of the atmospheric water vapor on Mars by the Imager for Mars Pathfinder 1999JGR...104.9019T

Markiewicz, W. J., et al. Optical properties of the Martian aerosols as derived from Imager for Mars Pathfinder midday sky brightness data 1999JGR...104.9009M

Tomasko, M. G., et al. Properties of dust in the Martian atmosphere from the Imager on Mars Pathfinder 1999JGR...104.8987T

Smith, P. H., Lemmon, M. Opacity of the Martian atmosphere measured by the Imager for Mars Pathfinder 1999JGR...104.8975S

Kirk, R. L., et al. Digital photogrammetric analysis of the IMP camera images: Mapping the Mars Pathfinder landing site in three dimensions 1999JGR...104.8869K

Gaddis, L. R., et al. Digital mapping of the Mars Pathfinder landing site: Design, acquisition, and derivation of cartographic products for science applications 1999JGR...104.8853G

Thomas, N., et al. The color of the Martian sky and its influence on the illumination of the Martian surface 1999JGR...104.8795T

Maki, J. N., et al. The color of Mars: Spectrophotometric measurements at the Pathfinder landing site 1999JGR...104.8781M

Golombek, M. P., et al. Overview of the Mars Pathfinder Mission: Launch through landing, surface operations, data sets, and science results 1999JGR...104.8523G

Hviid, S. F., et al. Magnetic Properties Experiments on the Mars Pathfinder Lander: Preliminary Results 1997Sci...278.1768H

Smith, P. H., et al. Results from the Mars Pathfinder Camera 1997Sci...278.1758S

Golombek, M. P., et al. Overview of the Mars Pathfinder Mission and Assessment of Landing Site Predictions 1997Sci...278.1743G

Lorenz, R. D., et al. Titan's North-South Asymmetry from HST and Voyager Imaging: Comparison with Models and Ground-Based Photometry 1997Icar..127..173L

Thomas, N., et al. Observations of martian aerosols with the imager for mars pathfinder 1997AdSpR..19.1271T

McSween, H. Y., Jr., et al. Mars Pathfinder Mission: First Results 1997M&PSA..32Q..89M

Smith, P. H., et al. The imager for Mars Pathfinder experiment 1997JGR...102.4003S

Smith, P. H., et al. Titan's Surface, Revealed by HST Imaging 1996Icar..119..336S

McMillan, R. S., et al. Long, accurate time series measurements of radial velocities of solar-type stars 1994Ap&SS.212..271M

McMillan, R. S., et al. Radial velocity observations of the sun at night 1993ApJ...403..801M

McMillan, R. S., et al. Variation of the radial velocity of Epsilon Cygni A 1992PASP..104.1173M

Pope, S. K., et al. Clouds of ammonia ice - Laboratory measurements of the single-scattering properties 1992Icar..100..203P

Caldwell, J., et al. Titan: Evidence for seasonal change - A comparison of Hubble Space Telescope and Voyager images 1992Icar...97....1C

West, R. A., Smith, P. H. Evidence for aggregate particles in the atmospheres of Titan and Jupiter 1991Icar...90..330W

West, R. A., Smith, P. H. Evidence for aggregate particles in the atmospheres of Titan and Jupiter 1991Icar...90..330W

McMillan, R. S., Smith, P. H. Nonvariability of the radial velocity of Eta Cassiopeiae A 1987PASP...99..849M

Smith, P. H., McMillan, R. S., Merline, W. J. Evidence for periodic radial velocity variations in Arcturus 1987ApJ...317L..79S

McMillan, R. S., Smith, P. H., Merline, W. J. A Periodic Variation in the Radial Velocity of Arcturus 1987LNP...274..264M

Smith, P. H. The vertical structure of the Jovian atmosphere 1986Icar...65..264S

Tomasko, M. G., Doose, L. R., Smith, P. H. The absorption of solar energy and the heating rate in the atmosphere of Venus 1985AdSpR...5...71T

Smith, P. H., Tomasko, M. G. Photometry and polarimetry of Jupiter at large phase angles. II - Polarimetry of the south tropical zone, south equatorial belt, and the polar regions from the Pioneer 10 and 11 missions 1984Icar...58...35S

Rages, K., Pollack, J. B., Smith, P. H. Size estimates of Titan's aerosols based on Voyager high-phase-angle images 1983JGR....88.8721R

Smith, P. H., et al. Progress report on a high-accuracy radial-velocity spectrometer. 1983PASP...95R.595S

Tomasko, M. G., Smith, P. H. Photometry and polarimetry of Titan - Pioneer 11 observations and their implications for aerosol properties 1982Icar...51...65T

Tomasko, M. G., et al. The thermal balance of Venus in light of the Pioneer Venus mission 1980JGR....85.8187T

Tomasko, M. G., et al. Measurements of the flux of sunlight in the atmosphere of Venus 1980JGR....85.8167T

Knollenberg, R., et al. The clouds of Venus - A synthesis report 1980JGR....85.8059K

Smith, P. H. The radius of Titan from Pioneer Saturn data 1980JGR....85.5943S

Gehrels, T., et al. Imaging photopolarimeter on Pioneer Saturn 1980Sci...207..434G

Tomasko, M. G., Doose, L. R., Smith, P. H. Absorption of sunlight in the atmosphere of Venus 1979Sci...205...80T

Tomasko, M. G., et al. Preliminary results of the solar flux radiometer experiment aboard the Pioneer Venus multiprobe mission 1979Sci...203..795T

Smith, P. H. Diameters of the Galilean satellites from Pioneer data 1978Icar...35..167H

Sari, S. O., Smith, P. H., Gurev, H. S. Observation of an oxygen resonance in reflectivity from weakly absorbing thin silicon layers 1977PhRvB..15.4817S

Sari, S. O., Smith, P. H., Gurev, H. S. Infrared impurity and free-carrier absorption in silicon-silver films (A) 1977JOSA...67..252S

Smith, P. H., Gurev, H. S., Sari, S. O. Thin-film reflectivity in dielectric-metal bilayers (A) 1976JOSA...66.1070S

McAllister, H. C., Smith, P. H. Ultraviolet solar spectrum /1889-1969 angstroms/ 1975SoPh...41....3M