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Bonnie Buratti
Group Supervisor

  • B.S., M.S. in Earth & Planetary Sciences, Mass. Inst. Technology (1976)
  • M.S., PhD. in Astronomy and Space Sciences, Cornell University (1983)

Research Interests
  • Seasonal transport of volatiles on the surfaces of the planets and satellites in the outer Solar System, particularly Io, Pluto, and Triton.
  • The composition, distribution, and nature of dark material in the outer Solar System, and its relationship to similar material in the interstellar medium and in star-forming regions; and to prebiotic material.
  • The microphysical nature of planetary surfaces, and the possible existence of water ice in the permanently shadowed regions of the lunar poles


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The Cassini-Huygens spacecraft is currently exploring the ringed planet, its mysterious moons, the stunning rings and its complex magnetic environment.

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The Moon Mineralogy Mapper (M3) is one of two instruments that NASA is contributing to India's first mission to the Moon, Chandrayaan-1 (meaning "Lunar Craft" in ancient Sanskrit), which launched on October 22, 2008.

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New Horizons is the first mission in NASA's New Frontiers program of medium-class planetary missions. It will be the first spacecraft to visit Pluto and its moon Charon.

Professional Experience
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory (1985 - present)
    • Principal Scientist/Senior Research Scientist
    • Group Supervisor of the Asteroids, Comets, and Satellites Group
  • National Research Council, Resident Research Associate at JPL (1983-1985)
  • The Claremont Colleges, Visiting Professor of Physics and Astronomy (2000-present)
  • Cornell University, Teaching and Research Assistant (1977-1983)
  • MIT, Research Assistant, Department of Physics, and Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences (1972-1976)
  • American Science and Engineering, Associate Scientist, X-ray astronomy group (1974-1976)
  • Maria Mitchell Observatory, NSF summer student researcher (1973)

Selected Awards
  • National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship (1983-1985)
  • JPL Director's Achievement Award (1989)
  • Amer. Assoc. of University Women, Pasadena-Arcadia Chapter, Woman of the Year (1998)
  • NASA Group Achievement Awards:
    • Dawn Science Team (2013)
    • Cassini Solstice Pre-Integration Team (2011)
    • Voyager Photopolarimeter Science, Uranus Encounter (1987)
    • Neptune Encounter (1990)
    • Cassini Launch (1997)
    • Cassini Earth-Venus swingbys (1999)
    • Deep Space 1 Encounter at Braille (1999)
    • Deep Space 1 Encounter at 19P/ Borrelly (2001)
  • NASA Exceptional Achievement Award (2006)

Selected Publications
  1. Buratti, B., M. Hicks, and A. Davies 2005. Spectrophotometry of the small satellites of Saturn and their relationship to Iapetus, Phoebe, and Hyperion. Icarus 175, 490-495.
  2. Brown, R. H., R. N. Clark, B. J. Buratti et al. 2006. Composition and physical properties of Enceladus surface. Science 311, 1425-1428.
  3. Buratti, B. J. et al. 2006. Titan: preliminary results on surface properties and photometry from VIMS observations of the early flybys. Planet. & Space Sci. 54, 1498-1509.
  4. Grundy, W., B. J. Buratti et al. 2007. New Horizons Mapping of Europa and Ganymede. Science 318, 234-237.
  5. Newman, S. F., B. J. Buratti, R. Jaumann, J. Bauer, T. W. Momary 2007. Hydrogen Peroxide on Enceladus. Ap J. Lett. 670, L143-L146.
  6. Buratti, B. J. et al. 2008 Infrared (0.83-5.1 μm) Photometry of Phoebe from the Cassini Visual Infrared Mapping Spectrometer. Icarus 193, 309-322.
  7. Pitman, K., B. Buratti, et al. 2008. First High Solar Phase Angle Observations of Rhea Using Cassini VIMS: Upper Limits on Water Vapor and Geologic Activity. Ap. J., 680, L65-L68.
  8. Newman, S. F., B. J. Buratti, R. H. Brown, R. Jaumann, J. Bauer, T. Momary 2008. Photometric and spectral analysis of the distribution of crystalline and amorphous ices on Enceladus as seen by Cassini. Icarus 193, 397-406.
  9. Newman, S. F., B. J. Buratti, R. H. Brown, R. Jaumann, J. Bauer, T. Momary 2009. Water ice crystallinity and grain sizes on Dione. Icarus 203, 553-559.
  10. Pieters, C. M.; Goswami, J. N.; Clark, R. N.; Annadurai, M.; Boardman, J.; Buratti, B.; Combe, J.-P.; Dyar, M. D.; Green, R.; Head, J. W.; and 19 coauthors 2009. Character and Spatial Distribution of OH/H2O on the Surface of the Moon Seen by M3 on Chandrayaan-1. Science 326, 568.
  11. Jaumann, R. R. N. Clark, F. Nimmo, A. R. Hendrix, B. J. Buratti, T. Denk, J. M. Moore, P. M. Schenk, S. J. Ostro, R. Srama 2009. Icy Satellites: Geological Evolution and Surface Processes. In Saturn after Cassini Huygens (M. Dougherty, L. Esposito, S. Krimigis, eds.) Springer, Dordrecht.
  12. Moore, J., C. Phillips, R. Sullivan, J. Spencer, G. Black, B. Buratti 2009 Surface Properties, Regolith & Landscape Degradation. In Europa (; R. Pappalardo, W. McKinnon, K. Khurana, eds.) University of Arizona Press, Tucson.
  13. Buratti, B. J. et al. 2010. Cassini spectra and photometry 0.25-5.1 microns of the small inner satellites of Saturn, Icarus 206, 524-536.
  14. Lee, J., B. Buratti, M. Hicks, J. Mosher 2010. The Roughness of the Dark Side of Iapetus From the 2004-2005 Flyby Icarus 206, 623-630.
  15. Pitman, K. M., B. Buratti, J. Mosher 2010. Disk-integrated bolometric bond albedos and rotational light curves of Saturnian satellites from Cassini VIMS. Icarus 206, 537-560.
  16. Kolokolova, L., B. J. Buratti, V. Tishkovets 2010. Impact of Coherent Backscattering on the Spectra of Icy Satellites of Saturn and the Implications of Its Effects for Remote Sensing. Ap. J. Lett 710, L71-L74.
  17. Blackburn, D., B. Buratti, R. Ulrich, J. Mosher 2010. Solar Phase Curves and Phase Integrals for the Leading and Trailing Sides of Iapetus from the Cassini Visual Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS). Accepted for publication in Icarus.
  18. Buratti, B. J., M. Hicks, K. Tryka, M. Sittig, R. Newburn, 2001. High resolution spectroscopy of Iapetus, Hyperion, Phoebe, Rhea, Dione and D-type asteroids: How are they related? Icarus 155, 375-381.
  19. McConnochie, T.H., B. J. Buratti, J. K. Hillier, and K. A. Tryka, 2002. A search for water ice at the lunar poles with Clementine images. Icarus 156, 335-351.
  20. Soderblom, L. A., T. L. Becker, G. Bennett, D. C. Boice, D. T. Britt, R. H. Brown, B. J. Buratti et al. 2002. Observations of Comet 19P/Borrelly by MICAS aboard Deep Space 1. Science 296, 1087-1091.
  21. Buratti, B. J. and L. L. Johnson 2003. Identification of the lunar flash of 1953 with a fresh crater on the Moon's surface. Icarus 161, 192-197.
  22. Buratti, B. J., J. K. Hillier, A. Heinze, M. Hicks, K. Tryka, J. Mosher, M. Garske, J. Atienza-Rosel, J. Young. 2003. Photometry of Pluto in the last decade and before: Evidence for volatile transport? Icarus 162, 171-182.
  23. Brown, R., K. Baines, G. Bellucci, J-P. Bibring, B. Buratti, et al., 2003. Observations with the Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS) during Cassini's flyby of Jupiter. Icarus 164, 461-470.
  24. Buratti, B. J., M. D. Hicks, L. A. Soderblom, D. Britt, J. Oberst, J. K. Hillier 2004. Deep Space 1 photometry of the nucleus of Comet 19P/Borrelly. Icarus 167, 16-29.
  25. Buratti, B. J. et al. 2004. 9969 Braille: The Deep Space 1 infrared spectroscopy, geometric albedo, and classification. Icarus 167, 129-135.
  26. Hicks, M. D. and B. J. Buratti 2004. Spectroscopy and filter photometry of Triton from 1997-2000. Icarus, in press.
  27. Britt, D. T., D. C. Boice, B. J. Buratti et al. 2004. The morphology and surface properties of Comet 19P/Borrelly. Icarus 167, 45-53.
  28. B. Buratti et al. 2005. Cassini Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer observations of Iapetus: Discovery of CO2. Ap. J. 622, L149-162.

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