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Paul Weissman

  • A.B., Physics, Cornell University (1969)
  • M.S., Astronomy, Univ. Massachusetts (1971)
  • M.S., Planetary and Space Physics, UCLA (1973)
  • Ph.D., Planetary and Space Physics, UCLA (1978)


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The Rosetta mission is designed to study the origin of comets, the relationship between cometary and interstellar material and its implications with regard to the origin of the Solar System.

Professional Experience
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory (1974-Present)
    • Astronomy Science Lead, Table Mountain Observatory (2003-present)
    • Project Scientist, Deep Space 4/Champollion (1996-1999)
    • Interdisciplinary Scientist, International Rosetta Mission (1996-present)
    • Senior Research Scientist (1995-present)
    • Co Investigator, Near Infrared Mapping Spectrometer, Galileo Project (1988-2003)
    • Deputy Project Scientist, Comet Rendezvous Asteroid Flyby Project (1987-1992)
    • Guest Investigator, Infrared Astronomical Satellite Project, (1987-1989)
    • Science Coordinator, Near Infrared Mapping Spectrometer, Galileo Project (1977-1993)
    • Mission Scientist, Mariner Mark II Project (1981-1982)
    • Research Scientist, Earth and Space Sciences Division (1977-1995)
    • Mission Analyst, Advanced Project Group (1974-1977)
  • Visiting Member, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ (1985)
  • Program Scientist, NASA Headquarters, Solar System Exploration Division (1979)

Selected Awards
  • NASA Group Achievement Award, Stardust Mission
  • 6 NASA Group Achievement Awards for various phases of Galileo mission
  • Letter of Excellence in Reviewing, Icarus (1997)
  • Main belt asteroid 3197 named Weissman (1986)

Selected Publications
  1. The Great Voyager Adventure, A. Harris and P. Weissman (Julian Messner: New York) 79 pp. (1990)
  2. The Encyclopedia of the Solar System, P. R. Weissman, L. A. McFadden, and T. V. Johnson, editors (Academic Press: New York) 992 pp. (1999)
  3. The Encyclopedia of the Solar System, 2nd Edition, L. A. McFadden, P. R. Weissman, and T. V. Johnson, editors (Academic Press: New York) 985 pp. (2007)
Recent Publications
  1. Bauer, J. M., Weissman, P. R., Choi, Y.-J., Troy, M., Lisse, C. M., Dekany, R., and Buratti, B. J. Palomar AO observations during the Deep Impact encounter. Icarus 187, 296 305, 2007.
  2. Weissman, P. R., Lowry, S. C., and Choi, Y.-J. Photometric observations of Rosetta target asteroid 2867 Steins. A&A 466, 737-743, 2007.
  3. Lowry, S. C., and Weissman, P. R., Rotation and color properties of the nucleus of comet 2P/Encke. Icarus 188, 212-223, 2007.
  4. Weissman, P. R., The cometary impactor flux at the Earth, In IAU Symposium 236: Near-Earth Objects, Our Celestial Neighbors: Opportunities and Risk, eds. G.B. Valsecchi and D. Vokrouhlický (Cambridge, Cambridge Univ. Press), pp. 441-450, 2007.
  5. Lowry, S. C., Fitzsimmons, A., Lamy, P., and Weissman, P., Kuiper belt objects in the planetary region: The Jupiter-family comets. In The Solar System Beyond Neptune, eds: A. Barucci, H. Boenhardt, D. Cruikshank, and A. Morbidelli (Univ. Arizona Press: Tucson), pp. 397-410, 2008.
  6. Bauer, J. M., Choi, Y.-J., Weissman, P. R., Stansberry, J. A. Fernández, Y. R., Roe, H. G., Buratti, B. J., and Sung, H. I. The large-grained dust coma of 174P/Echeclus. PASP. 20, 393-404, 2008.
  7. Weissman, P. R., Hicks, M. D., Abell, P. A., Choi, Y.-J., and Lowry, S. C. Rosetta target asteroid 2867 Steins: An unusual E-type asteroid. Meteor. and Plan. Sci. 43, 905-914, 2008.
  8. Weissman, P. R., and Lowry, S. C. Structure and density of cometary nuclei. Meteor. Plane. Sci. 43, 1033-1047, 2008.
  9. Jorda, L., Lamy, P. L., Faury, G., Weissman, P., Barucci, M. A., Fornasier, S., Lowry, S., Toth, I., and Kuppers, M. Asteroid 2867 Steins: I. Photometric properties from OSIRIS/Rosetta and ground-based visible observations. A&A487, 1171-1178, 2008.
  10. Lamy, P. L., Kaasalainen, M., Weissman, P., Lowry, S., Barucci, M. A., Carvano, J., Choi, Y.-J., Colas, F., Faury, G., Fornasier, S., Groussin, O., Hicks, M.D., Jorda, L., Kryszczynska, A., Toth, I., and Warner, B. Asteroid Steins: II. Multi-telescope visible observations, shape reconstruction and rotational state. A&A 487, 1179-1185, 2008.
  11. C. Tubiana, J.-B. Vincent, H. Sierks, S. Hviid, R. Moissl, H. Boehnhardt, C. Barbieri, D. Koschny, P. Lamy, H. Rickman, R. Rodrigo, B. Carry, S. C. Lowry, R. J. M. Laird, P. R. Weissman, A. Fitzsimmons, S. Marchi, and the OSIRIS team. The date of recent asteroid collision P/2010 A2 from Rosetta/OSIRIS observations. Nature 467, 814-816, 2010.
  12. Mueller, T. G., Durech, J., Hasegawa, S., Abe, M., Kawakami, K., Kasuga, T., Kinoshita, D., Kuroda, D., Urakawa, S., Okumura, S., Sarugaku, Y., Miyasaka, S., Takagi, Y., Weissman, P.R., Choi, Y.-J., Larson, S., Yanagisawa6, K., and Nagayama, S. Thermo-physical properties of 162173 (1999 JU3), a potential flyby and rendezvous target for interplanetary missions. A&A 525, A145, 2011.
  13. Meech, K. J., ... Weissman, P. R., and 195 co-authors. EPOXI: Comet 103P/Hartley 2 Observations from a Worldwide Campaign. ApJ Let. 734, L1-L9, 2011.
  14. Fitzsimmons, A., Lowry, S. C., and Weissman, P. The size distribution of Jupiter family comets. MNRAS 414, 458-469, 2011.
  15. Duddy, S. R., Lowry, S. C., Wolters, S. D., Christou, A., Weissman, P., Green, S. F., Rozitis, B. Physical and dynamical characterization of the unbound asteroid pair 7343-154634. A&A 539, A36, 2011.
  16. Wolters, S. D., Rozitis, b., Duddy, S. R. Lowry, S. C., Green, S. F., Snodgrass, C., Hainaut, O. R., Weissman, P., Physical characterization of low delta-V asteroid (175706) 1996 FG3. MNRAS 419, 1246-1257, 2011.
  17. Weiss, B. P., Elkins-Tanton, L. T., Barucci, M. A., Sierks, H., Snograss, C., Vincent, J. B., Marchi, S., Patzold, M., Richter, I., Weissman, P. R., Fulchignoni, M., and Binael, R. P. Evidence for partial differentiation of asteroid Lutetia from Rosetta. Plan. & Spa. Sci. 66, 137-46, 2012.
  18. Gulkis, S., Keihm, S., Kamp, L., Lee, S., Hartogh, P., Crovisier, J., Lellouch, E., Encrenaz, P., Bocklee-Moran, D., Hofstadter, M., Beaudin, G., Jansen, M., Weissman, P., von Allmen, P. A., Encrenaz, T., Backus, C. R., Ip, W.-H., Schloerb, P. F., Biver, N., Spilker, T., Mann, I. Continuum and spectroscopic observations of asteroid (21) Lutetia at millimeter and submillimeter wavelengths with the MIRO instrument on the Rosetta Spacecraft. Plan. & Spa. Sci. 66, 31-42, 2012.

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