Frank Seelos ’99
Science Team Collaborator, CRISM (Compact Reconnaissance Imaging
for Mars) Science Operations Uplink Lead
University, Baltimore Md.
B.S., Wofford College (1999)
M.A., PhD in earth and planetary
sciences, Washington University
St. Louis, Missouri
Seelos explored his fascination with outer space as a
student at Wofford when he completed an internship with NASA. While
working with NASA’s Near Earth Asteroid Tracking Program, Seelos
discovered an asteroid that now bears his name.
At Washington University, Seelos began
working with a team of 16 scientists on the 2003 Mars rover mission. The
team helped NASA determine landing sites for the “Spirit” and
“Opportunity” rovers. Primarily, Seelos analyzed the mineralogy and
geological history of the landing sites, especially the Meridiani
Planum. When the rovers landed, Seelos was asked to be a collaborator
for the Athena Science Payload team making early, real-time analysis
from image data at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.
Seelos currently holds a postdoctoral
research position at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics
Laboratory. There he works with the Compact Reconnaissance Imaging
Spectrometer for Mars (CRISM) onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter