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Dr. John A. Grant III

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Phone: (401) ***-****  HQ Phone
Rhode Island College
600 Mt. Pleasant Ave.
Providence, Rhode Island 02908
United States

 
Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • State University of New York College at Plattsburgh
  • bachelor's degree , magna cum laude , geology
  • doctorate , geology
    Brown University
  • master , geology
    University of Rhode Island
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Dr. John ...
national.spacegrant.org, 10 Feb 2014 [cached]
Dr. John Grant
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The NASA Space Grant community is very pleased to announce that Dr. John Grant will be presenting on both Mars Rover Missions; MER Spirit & Opportunity and Curriosity.
About Dr. John Grant (Credit: Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum) Dr. John A. Grant, III joined the Smithsonian in the fall of 2000 as a Geologist at the Center for Earth and Planetary Studies at the National Air and Space Museum. He has been a member of the Science Team for the Mars Exploration Rovers since 2002 and is one of six Science Operations Working Group Chairs responsible for leading day-to-day science planning of the rovers which have been operating for more than five years on Mars. Dr. Grant also co-chaired the science community process for selecting the landing sites for the Spirit and Opportunity Rovers and is currently co-leading the process for selecting the landing site for the 2011 Mars Science Laboratory rover. He has been interested in Mars ever since reading Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles as a child.
Dr. Grant attended the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh and received his bachelor's degree, magna cum laude, in geology in 1982 and went on to earn a master's and doctorate in geology at the University of Rhode Island (1986) and Brown University (1990), respectively. His dissertation focused on the degradation of meteorite impact craters on Earth and Mars and remains interested in understanding processes responsible for shaping planetary landscapes.
After a two-year position at NASA Headquarters, where he served as Program Scientist for the Mars Global Surveyor and now postponed Sample Return missions, Dr. Grant then accepted his current position at the Smithsonian Institution. Since 2001, he has also served as a Co-Investigator on the High Resolution Camera (HiRISE), which was flown on the 2005 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, and is currently developing a ground-penetrating radar for possible future deployment on a Mars rover.
Dr. Grant also maintains a strong connection to the classroom and began as a lecturer at Brown University in 1990. Since then he has held several professorial posts at both Rhode Island College and SUNY College at Buffalo (New York), where he has served as Adjunct Associate Professor of Earth Science and Science Education since 2000. He has authored or contributed to numerous articles in many industry publications, including NASA's Geomorphology and Science magazine.
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"In a nutshell, MSL is going ...
story.nepalnational.com [cached]
"In a nutshell, MSL is going after the question of habitability on Mars," said John Grant, a geologist at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.
Scientists have considered more than 50 possible landing sites for the rover.
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According to Grant, it's not clear yet how big a problem this would be."If operations were reduced by 50 per cent, for instance, that would be a real hit," he said."But those things are being worked on very hard as we speak and we'll have a much better sense in the coming couple of months," he added.
But there might be other problems as well."Because the ideal site has to be flat and not prone to high winds, the spacecraft can't land effectively on a very steep incline," said Grant."The numbers and sizes of rocks on the surface are also issues.You don't want the rover to land on a very large rock sticking up a metre above the surface," he added.
Rovers Examine Two Intriging Sites On Mars
www.weird-world.com, 2 Sept 2002 [cached]
"Clearly there is tremendous interest in the science community in what these missions can accomplish and eagerness to help see that the rovers go to the best possible sites," said National Air and Space Museum's Dr. John Grant, the steering committee's other co-chair.
"We know we're in a pickle," ...
www.airspacemag.com, 9 Nov 2009 [cached]
"We know we're in a pickle," says John Grant, a planetary scientist with the National Air and Space Museum who pulls regular duty chairing the team that plans the rovers' daily scientific observations. But, he says, "I'm very hopeful."
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"If you had to get stuck somewhere, this is a pretty interesting place," says Grant. Based on the geology around Home Plate, and the mineralogy and chemistry Spirit's instruments have found-particularly the presence of silica-this location is thought to be the site of ancient hydrothermal activity. Here, heat and water would have combined to create a favorable environment for life, if it ever existed on Mars. Grant and his fellow scientists hope to explore a nearby mound called Von Braun and a crater called Goddard, which is where Spirit was headed when it got trapped.
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"We know we're in a pickle," says John Grant, a planetary scientist with the National Air and Space Museum who pulls regular duty chairing the team that plans the rovers' daily scientific observations. But, he says, "I'm very hopeful."
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"If you had to get stuck somewhere, this is a pretty interesting place," says Grant. Based on the geology around Home Plate, and the mineralogy and chemistry Spirit's instruments have found-particularly the presence of silica-this location is thought to be the site of ancient hydrothermal activity. Here, heat and water would have combined to create a favorable environment for life, if it ever existed on Mars. Grant and his fellow scientists hope to explore a nearby mound called Von Braun and a crater called Goddard, which is where Spirit was headed when it got trapped. Goddard may be the remnant of a volcanic structure, and may be connected to the silica found near Home Plate.
Grant still thinks Spirit will get there.
Smithsonian ScienceGale Crater to be landing site for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory - Smithsonian Science
smithsonianscience.org, 22 July 2011 [cached]
"Having the right instruments and knowing where to go are equally important," said John Grant, a Smithsonian geologist and co-chair of the landing site steering committee.
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Grant, who is a researcher in the Center for Earth and Planetary Studies, is also a member of the science team for Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity.
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