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Ashwin Vasavada

Mars Science Laboratory Project Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Ashwin Vasavada is a Senior Scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory at Caltech. He researches the climate history of Mars, the weather on Jupiter and Saturn, and polar ices on Mercury and the Moon. He has been involved with several NASA spacecraft missions, including the Galileo Mission to Jupiter, the Cassini Mission to Saturn, Mars Polar Lander, and Mars Odyssey. Currently he is the Project Scientist on the Mars Science Laboratory rover ("Curiosity") mission.

Biographical information from Ashwin's website.

Latest Planetary Radio Appearances

Curiosity rolls on: Mars Science Laboratory project scientist Ashwin Vasavada

The Curiosity rover’s lead researcher reviews the latest findings and images from Mars’ Gale Crater.

Planetary Radio Live! – Celebrating Curiosity on Mars

Join us for an utterly fascinating live conversation with Emily Lakdawalla about her brand new book, The Design and Engineering of Curiosity: How the Mars Rover Performs Its Job. Also joining us at Caltech were Curiosity Project Scientist Ashwin Vasavada and JPL Research Scientist Abigail Fraeman.

Ashwin Vasavada, Leader of Scientists Roving Mars

The new Mars Science Laboratory Project Scientist is not new to the mission. Ashwin Vasavada has worked on the Curiosity rover since 2004.