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Mike Malaska

Mike Malaska

Mike Malaska is a technologist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. His planetary geology research program has focused on the interface of chemical and geological processes on Saturn's moon Titan based on data returned by the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft. These studies examine how liquid hydrocarbon rains and rivers on that world have eroded and dissolved a landscape made of organic materials layered upon rock-hard water ice.

Latest Planetary Radio Appearance

Field Test: Planetary Deep Drill

12/15/2015 | 28:50
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Drilling through many meters of ice to Europa’s ocean or to the pristine sub-surface layers of Mars will be hard. The Planetary Deep Drill prototype has shown that it may be a practical approach. Join Mat Kaplan and Planetary Society colleagues at the field test site deep in California’s desert.

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Latest Blog Posts

Fun For All Ages: Creating and Mapping a Volcano

Posted 2012/08/18 11:26 CDT | 0 comment

Here’s a fun, cheap, and only slightly messy demonstration activity for kids of all ages, even 46-year-old kids: creating and mapping an ancient volcano.

Earth’s toughest life could survive on Mars

Posted 2012/05/15 06:22 CDT | 6 comments

The surface of Mars is a tough place to survive, but researchers at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) found some lichens and cyanobacteria tough enough to handle those conditions.

Citizen Science projects for Planetary Science: Get Involved! Do Science!

Posted 2011/05/12 05:13 CDT | 0 comment

Citizen Science projects let volunteers easily contribute to active science programs. They're useful when there is so much data it overwhelms computing algorithms (if they exist) or the scientific research team attempting to process it.

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Latest Processed Space Images

Spinning spokes in Saturn's rings

Spinning spokes in Saturn's rings

Posted 2016/03/17 | 0 comments

Cassini captured this 22-frame animation of the "spokes" in Saturn's rings on September 7, 2009. Scientists think that the spokes are made of fine dust electrostatically levitated above the ring surface, made more visible by the low-angle lighting that occurs near equinox. (It may also be possible that the spoke phenomenon only occurs at this season; scientists don't yet know for sure). The images were aligned and their contrast adjusted to make this animation smooth. A higher-resolution version can be downloaded from Mike Malaska's flickr page.

Distant Horizons - Different Surfaces

Distant Horizons - Different Surfaces

Posted 2013/02/05 | 0 comments

Poster showing a comparison of images from planetary surfaces ordered by increasing complexity of the surface processes.

Helene and Saturn

Helene and Saturn

Posted 2012/04/10 | 0 comments

On March 3, 2010, Cassini flew closely by Helene and caught several images of it silhouetted against Saturn.

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