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Dr. John A. Grant III

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Local Address: Washington, United States
Smithsonian Institution
Museum Support Center 4210 Silver Hill Rd.
Suitland, Maryland 20746
United States

Company Description: The Smithsonian Institution -- the world's largest museum and research complex -- includes 19 museums and galleries and the National Zoological Park. The total...   more

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  • 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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Smithsonian ScienceGale Crater to be landing site for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory - Smithsonian Science, 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.
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.
John Grant, a Mars scientist ..., 2 Mar 2012 [cached]
John Grant, a Mars scientist at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, and co-chairman of the landing site selection process, says that the MRO should gather fresh data for the high-priority sites within the next few months, and that a next workshop will be planned for a year from now.
Rocky Mountain News: Nation, 5 Jan 2004 [cached]
"We need fresh craters to punch through the surface covering for us and provide windows into what's beneath," said rover science team member John Grant of the Smithsonian Institution.
"In a nutshell, MSL is going ... [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.
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, 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.
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