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Seven New Co-Investigators Add Depth to New Horizons Kuiper Belt Mission Team
Release Date: March 9, 2017
Silvia Protopapa . . . assistant research scientist in the Department of Astronomy at the University of Maryland . . . focuses on the compositional characterization of small bodies (comets, trans-Neptunian objects) of the outer solar system . . . originally from the small southern Italian city of Galatina . . . graduated from University of Lecce, Italy, in 2005, and earned her doctorate from the Technical University of Braunschweig and the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Germany, in 2009 . . . applies the most advanced analytical tools for spectral modeling and radiative transfer to interpret data gathered from telescopes and spacecraft to probe the origin of our solar system . . . on New Horizons, primarily analyzes compositional data from the Ralph/LEISA instrument.
Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute