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
Karen J. Meech
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

Karen J. Meech
Karen's Bio Up Close and Personal
Institution: University of Hawaii
Role: Coordinator, Earth-Based Observations
Address: Institute for Astronomy
2680 Woodlawn Drive
Honolulu, HI 96822-1839
Bio: Karen Meech Professor Meech is an astronomer at the University of Hawaii's Institute for Astronomy who specializes in planetary astronomy, primarily studying the relation of comets to the early solar system. This utilizes the world's largest ground-based as well as space based facilities to look at comets at the faintest limits of detection. She is also interested in research in Bioastronomy, and is the President of the International Astronomical Union Commission on Bioastronomy. She is the principal investigator for the new University of Hawaii NASA Astrobiology Institute Lead team, which will be investigating the origin, history, and evolution of water in the universe and its role in life in extreme environments. For her research, she is the recipient of many awards including the Annie Jump Cannon Award in Astronomy, the American Astronomical Society Division of Planetary Sciences H. C. Urey Prize, and asteroid 4367 is named for her. She is extremely active in educational outreach, and has developed and run a major educational workshop for teachers and students in Hawaii and the Pacific region since 1993. She has helped to establish a Research Experiences for Undergraduates program in Hawaii, and is working on a project to get the world's largest research-class 2-m telescope in Hawaii to be used exclusively for K-16 education. Her research extends to active research in archaeoastronomy of the Hawaiians -- involving students in research. For the Deep Impact Mission, she is organizing the Earth-based observations of Tempel 1.


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