Veronica BrayAssociate Staff Scientist
Ph.D., 2008, Imperial College London
Years with LPL: 2008-present
RESEARCH INTERESTSDoctor Bray's research involves analysis of the craters formed by asteroid and comet impacts. She uses space craft imagery and numerical modeling to study the crater formation process on different solar system bodies. As the shape of impact craters depends on the structure and composition of the target, analysis of crater morphology is useful for studying the close sub-surface of planets and moons.
Current research topics include: Using MRO and Galileo data to study the formation of central pits in craters on Mars and the icy moons of Jupiter. Using computer modeling and comparison to Galileo and Voyager data to estimate the thickness of Europa's ice crust. Using LRO data to study how peaks develop into peak-rings in lunar craters.
More about Dr. Bray
CURRENT GRANTS*Impact mechanics and central pit formation on the icy satellites: Outer Planets Research Program
CURRENT SPACECRAFT INVOLVEMENTLunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LROC) - Associate scientist and targeting team
High Resolution Imaging Experiment (HiRISE) - Associate science team member