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Planetary Shields: Magnetospheres
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Fran Bagenal
Bagenal is a professor of astrophysical and planetary sciences and a co-investigator on the New Horizons mission to Pluto and the Juno mission to Jupiter. Her main area of expertise is the study of charged particles trapped in planetary magnetic fields.

Michele Dougherty
Dougherty is the Principal Investigator (PI) for the magnetometer instrument on the Cassini spacecraft; she and her team used the magnetic field signatures around Enceladus to discover a strange atmosphere with plumes of water vapor around this moon.

Brian Anderson
Anderson worked on the MESSENGER engineering team, measuring all of the magnetic components used in the spacecraft, identifying all sources of magnetic signals in the spacecraft, and developing the right approach to reduce magnetic signals, to ensure that once MESSENGER is in orbit around Mercury, the magnetometer will detect only the natural magnetic field of the planet.

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