Wofford College Goodall Environmental Studies Center
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Frank Seelos ’99

Frank Seelos
 Science Team Collaborator, CRISM (Compact Reconnaissance Imaging
Spectrometer for Mars) Science Operations Uplink Lead
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore Md.


 B.S., Wofford College (1999)
M.A., PhD in earth and planetary sciences, Washington University
St. Louis, Missouri

Career Highlights:

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 (MRO).

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