National Aeronautics and Space Administration Logo
Follow this link to skip to the main content NASA Banner
Solar System Exploration
Return to Solar System Exploration
Facebook Twitter YouTube Facebook Twitter YouTube Flickr iTunes
Follow Us
Jessica M. Sunshine
Objectives  |  Tempel 1  |  Why Study Comets?  |  Cratering  |  Observations  |  Comets in Ancient Cultures 
Creating Colorful Comets  |  Science Team  |  Spectroscopy  |  Publications  |  Small Bodies Missions 

Science - Science Team

Jessica M. Sunshine
Jessica's Bio Up Close and Personal
Institution: Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)
Role: Spectral Analysis/Nucleus Composition
Address: SAIC
5180 Parkstone Drive
Chantilly, VA 20151
Bio: Jessica is an expert in analyzing spectra to remotely infer the composition of asteroids, meteorites, the moon and Mars. For Deep Impact, Jessica is responsible for reflectance spectroscopy and color imagery to support compositional interpretation of the nucleus of comet 9/P Tempel-1, before, during, and after our impact experiment. Currently, she is Chief Scientist for SAIC's Advanced Technology Applications Division, where she has worked since 1996. Jessica is a Principal Investigator in NASA's Planetary Geology and Geophysics Program researching the composition of asteroids and meteorites. She is also an advisory board member for NASA's Reflectance Experiment Laboratory (RELAB) and holds a patent (#6,608,931, Sunshine et al., 2001) for Abacus®: A Method for Selecting Representative Endmember Components from Spectral Data. Asteroid 3742 was named "Sunshine" in honor of her contributions to planetary science.


Awards and Recognition   Solar System Exploration Roadmap   Contact Us   Site Map   Print This Page
NASA Official: Kristen Erickson
Advisory: Dr. James Green, Director of Planetary Science
Outreach Manager: Alice Wessen
Curator/Editor: Phil Davis
Science Writers: Courtney O'Connor and Bill Dunford
Producer: Greg Baerg
Webmaster: David Martin
> NASA Science Mission Directorate
> Budgets, Strategic Plans and Accountability Reports
> Equal Employment Opportunity Data
   Posted Pursuant to the No Fear Act
> Information-Dissemination Policies and Inventories
> Freedom of Information Act
> Privacy Policy & Important Notices
> Inspector General Hotline
> Office of the Inspector General
> NASA Communications Policy
> NASA Advisory Council
> Open Government at NASA
Last Updated: 28 Jun 2010