Dr. Amy Mainzer
Near-Earth Asteroids and Comets: Characterizing Populations with Large-Area Surveys
Location: Geology 3656
Asteroid and comets have impacted Earth over millions of years; the key question is how often this occurs on shorter timescales. Recent work has focused on surveys of large regions of space to maximize their discovery rates and to characterize their physical properties. Dr. Amy Mainzer from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory is a UCLA Alumna who has been heavily involved in the use of data form the WISE infrared satellite to discover new asteroids and comets. She is also the host of a science TV show for children, "Ready Jet Go".