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Photo of Tom DuxburyMr. Duxbury has actively participated with a wide variety of space missions, including: the Science Imaging Teams of Mariners 6, 7, 9, and 10, Viking Orbiters 1 and 2, Viking Lander 1, Pioneers 10 and 11, Voyagers 1 and 2, the Soviet PHOBOS Mission (PHOBOS 88), Mars Observer (MO), Mars Global Surveyor (MGS), the Dod/NASA Clementine Mission and the Russian Mars 96 Mission (Mars 96).

He was a Viking Orbiter Imaging Team Member, the Team Leader of the Viking Phobos/Deimos Encounter Team, a Participating Scientist on the MO MOLA Science Team, a Co-I on the PHOBOS 88 Orbiter Imaging Team, and a Member of the Clementine Science Team and a Co-I on the Russian Mars 96 Orbiter, Penetrator and Small Station camera science teams.

Tom has served on many NASA panels and working groups such as the NASA Planetary Cartography Working Group, the NASA Planetary Cartography and Geological Mapping Working Group, the Mars Geodesy and Cartography Working Group and the Russian / US Joint Working Group on Solar System Exploration for Mars Mission Coordination and Science Data Exchange. He was a speaker for the NASA Planetary Geology Speakers Bureau.

He is currently a Participating Scientist on the MGS MOLA Science Team and the ESA Mars Express Stereo Camera Team, and the Lead Scientist of the US Mars Exploration Office Cartography and Geodesy Working Group, responsible for Mars Global Cartography and Landing Site Characterization. His roles on these missions have included ground system design and testing, navigation, mission and sequence planning, instrument modeling and ground and flight geometric calibrations, and data analysis for orbital dynamics, surface photometry, rotational dynamics and cartographic mapping of planets and highly irregularly shaped and rotating satellites.

Photo of Tom Duxbury and Chuck Acton

Photo of Tom Duxbury (left) and Chuck Acton (right) receiving the prestigious Institute of Navigation, Samuel M. Burka Award for their pioneering work on Optical Navigation in the early 1970's.

He is also the Project Manager of the NASA Discovery Stardust. He also has a science role on Stardust to produce the 3-dimentional / topographic and rotational models for comet P/Wild 2, ephemeredes and registered and map projected color images to the digital terrain model.

He discovered the groove network on Phobos and showed that Phobos was in synchronous rotation with a small amplitude forced libration. He supported the discovery of the rings of Jupiter, lightening of Jupiter and the G ring of Saturn. He was the only American in Moscow supporting the landing site selection, certification and landing operations for the Soviet PHOBOS 88 mission which was using his Phobos 3-dimentional and rotational models as well as his special cartographic / topographic map products. He has produced local cartographic maps of the Viking Lander 1, Mars Pathfinder and Mars Polar Landing Sites and provided these to the respective projects before landing. These maps represented the most accurate maps ever produced for Mars at their times.

Prior to MGS, his research was focused on stereo photogrammetry and image processing and analyses. Since MGS his focus has become processing MOLA data with imaging data used for supplemental purposes.

For these planetary activities, he has received NASA Group Awards for Mariners 6, 7 and 9 Navigation, for leading the Viking Phobos/Deimos Encounter Team, for supporting the Pioneer Mission Analysis at Jupiter, for supervising the Voyager Planetary and Satellite Ephemeris efforts, and for supporting the Viking Public Information Office. Additionally, he has received the Institute of Navigation Burka Award and the NASA Medal for Exceptional Scientific Achievement for his pioneering work on Phobos and Deimos. He received the Soviet Flight Control Center medal for his support of the PHOBOS 88 Mission. He was listed in American Men and Women in Science and Who's Who in America.

Stardust Interview: Earth Return - Ensuring Success

Photo of Tom Duxbury, Stardust Project Manager Tom Duxbury, Stardust Project Manager

What is the objective of Stardust?
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How is Stardust different that Genesis?
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