- Peter Smith (scientist)
name = Peter Smith
citizenship = American
University of Arizona, Lunar and Planetary Laboratory
University of California, Berkeley
University of Arizona
Principal Investigatorof Phoenix project
Peter H. Smith is a Senior Research Scientist at the
Lunar and Planetary Laboratoryof the University of Arizona, where he holds the inaugural Thomas R. Brown Distinguished Chair in Integrative Science [cite web|url=http://uanews.org/node/19742|publisher= University of Arizona|title=Peter Smith Named Thomas R. Brown Distinguished Chair in Integrative Science|author=University Communications ( University of Arizona)|date=2008-05-15] . He is also the principal investigatorfor the $420 million robotic explorer Phoenix which landed at the north pole of the planet Marson May 25, 2008.
Smith received his
bachelor's degreein physics in 1969 from the University of California, Berkeleyand his master's degreefrom the University of ArizonaOptical Sciences Center in 1977. [cite web|url=http://phoenix.lpl.arizona.edu/smithPeter.php|title=Peter Smith|publisher= University of ArizonaLunar and Planetary Laboratory] Since 1978, he has worked at the University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, initially as a Research Assistant up to his present position as a Senior Research Scientist.
Space exploration missions
Smith worked on the
Pioneer Venusmission of 1978 and the Pioneer Saturn mission of 1979, mapped the surface of Saturn's largest moon Titan using the Hubble Space Telescopein 1994, and became Project Manager for a descent camera on the Huygens probethat landed on Titan in 2005.
Smith designed the cameras for Sojourner Rover of the
Mars Pathfindermission, the ill-fated Mars Polar Lander, and the subsequently cancelled Mars Surveyor Lander. He helped to build the microscope for the ill-fated Beagle 2, and managed the building of the 2005 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter HiRISEcamera. He serves on the science team for the Mars Exploration Roverswhich landed in January 2004.
Smith's proposal for the Phoenix project was selected in 2003 as the first Scout mission to Mars. He is responsible for all aspects of the $420 million mission.
* [http://www.lpl.arizona.edu/ Lunar and Planetary Laboratory]
* [http://phoenix.lpl.arizona.edu/ Phoenix Mars Mission]
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