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Kirby Runyon

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Kirby Runyon

Kirby Runyon is a graduating PhD candidate in planetary geology at Johns Hopkins University where he researches wind-blown geology on Mars and impact cratering on planets such as the Moon. He is a science team affiliate on the New Horizons mission to the double planet Pluto-Charon and the Kuiper Belt and is passionate about engaging the general public in the passion, beauty, and joy of space exploration and promoting scientific literacy among non-scientists.

He lives in Columbia, MD, with his cat, Nixie, named after Nix, a small moon of Pluto.

Latest Planetary Radio Appearance

Hope for Pluto—Should We Re-Redefine Planets?

March 08, 2017 • 33:51

Planetary geologist Kirby Runyon is lead author of an abstract that proposes a new, geophysical definition of what a planet is.

Latest Blog Posts

Calling Congress Is Easy

March 21, 2014

Calling your senators and representatives about NASA's budget isn't that bad. In fact, I just took 15 minutes out of my day to do it! If you're not sure what to say to support planetary exploration, I hope you'll be inspired by what I've transcribed from my phone call this afternoon.

LPSC 2011: Kirby Runyon on Mars, the Moon, Hartley 2, and Ganymede

March 15, 2011

Kirby Runyon, a second-year grad student at Temple University, offered to send me some writeups of selected presentations from last week's Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, and I enthusiastically agreed.

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