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Mark Hofstadter

Dr. Mark Hofstadter is a Planetary Scientist working at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. His research focuses on the atmospheres of planets, primarily the giants of the outer solar system (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune). He is also involved in studies of comets, Venus, and looking for trace gases on Mars that could be a sign of life. Dr. Hofstadter uses both ground- and space-based radio telescopes in the course of his work. He is also the Lead Scientist for the Goldstone-Apple Valley Radio Telescope (GAVRT) program. GAVRT is a partnership between scientists and educators that allows middle- and high-school students to carry out real scientific research as part of their math and science classes.

Education
  • B.S., Physics, Stanford University (1984)
  • M.S., Planetary Science, California Institute of Technology (1987)
  • Ph.D., Planetary Science (Electrical Engineering minor), California Institute of Technology (1992)

Research Interests
  • Microwave observations of planetary atmospheres
  • Seasonal change on Uranus
  • Microwave spectroscopy of comets

Projects

MIRO Icon MIRO
MIRO (Microwave Instrument for the Rosetta Orbiter) is a scientific instrument on the ROSETTA Spacecraft.

GAVRT - Goldstone Apple Valley Radio Telescope Icon GAVRT - Goldstone Apple Valley Radio Telescope
GAVRT teaches students to use radio astronomy, to control a huge antenna, and to collect science data from objects in the universe at which the antenna is pointed.


Professional Experience
  • NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (1986-Present)
    • Lead Scientist, Goldstone-Apple Valley Radio Telescope (2005 - Present)
    • Research Scientist (2003-Present)
    • Deputy Section Manager, Planetary and Life Detection Section (2003-2005)
    • Summer Research Advisor for Students (Various times) (1996-Present)
    • Educational Outreach (1994-Present)
    • Instrument Scientist for the AIRS Visible/Near-IR System (1996-2003)
    • Scientist (1994-2003)
    • Resident Research Associate, National Research Council (1991-1994)
  • California Institute of Technology (1986-1991)
    • Research Assistant (1986-1991)
    • Teaching Assistant, courses in planetary radio astronomy and atmospheric dynamics (1987-1988)
  • Senior Field Engineer, Allied-Bendix Aerospace (1984-1985)
  • Laboratory Instructor, Undergraduate observational astronomy class, Stanford University (1983-1984)

Selected Awards
  • NASA Group Achievement Award, Juno Proposal Team (2012)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award, Suomi NPP Mission Development Team (2012)

Selected Publications
  1. Klein, M.J. and M.D. Hofstadter. Long-term Variations in the Microwave Brightness Temperature of the Uranus Atmosphere. Icarus 184, 170-180 (2006).
  2. Janssen, M.A., M.D. Hofstadter, S. Gulkis, A.P. Ingersoll, M. Allison, S.J. Bolton, S.M. Levin, and L.W. Kamp. Microwave Remote Sensing of Jupiter's Atmosphere from an Orbiting Spacecraft. Icarus, 173, 447-453 (2005).
  3. Hofstadter, M.D. and B.J. Butler. Seasonal Change in the Deep Atmosphere of Uranus. Icarus, 165, 168-180 (2003)
  4. Gautier, C., S. Yang, and M. Hofstadter. AIRS/Vis Near IR Instrument. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing 41, 330-342 (2002)
  5. Safaeinili, A., S. Gulkis, M.D. Hofstadter, and R.L. Jordan. Probing the Interior of Asteroids and Comets Using Radio Reflection Tomography. Meteoritics & Planetary Science 37, 1953-1963 (2002)
  6. Hofstadter, M.D., P. Hartogh, J.P. McMullin, R.N. Martin, C. Jarchow, and W. Peters. A Search for Variability in the HCN to H2CO Ratio in Comet Hale-Bopp. Earth, Moon ,and Planets, 78, 53-61 (1999)

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