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William "Bruce" Banerdt
InSight Principal Investigator, Principal Research Scientist

  • B.S. in Physics (cum laude, University of Southern California (1975)
  • Pennsylvania State University (1975-1977)
  • Ph.D. in Geological Sciences, University of Southern California (1983)

Research Interests
  • Formation and evolution of Mars
  • Geophysical studies of Mars, Moon, Venus, Mercury, and outer planet satellites
  • Deformation of planetary surfaces
  • Planetary interior structure and processes
  • Gravity analyses
  • Planetary seismology


InSight Icon InSight
InSight (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport) is a NASA Discovery Program mission that will place a single geophysical lander on Mars to study its deep interior.

Professional Experience
Jet Propulsion Laboratory (1983-present)
  • Principal Investigator, InSight Project
  • Project Scientist, Mars Exploration Rover Project
  • Co-Investigator, ExoMars SEIS (Seismometer) Investigation
  • Co-Investigator, Rosetta SESAME (Surface Electrical, Seismic and Acoustic Monitoring Experiment) Team
  • Participating Scientist, Mars Global Surveyor MOLA (Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter) Investigation(1992-2006)
  • NRC Committee for Planetary and Lunar Exploration (COMPLEX)
  • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) Mars Priority Program Review Board
  • Principal Investigator, Discovery Mars NetLander Project
  • Principal Investigator, NetLander Short-Period Seismometer
  • Guest Investigator, Magellan Radar Investigation Team
  • Chair, NASA Mars Data Analysis Program Review Panel
  • Professeur Invité, Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris

Selected Awards
  • JPL Magellan Award (2013)

  • NASA Group Achievement Awards for:
    • MER Extended Missions 3 and 4 Team (2008)
    • MGS Extended Operations Team (2006)
    • MGS Science Operations Team (2000)
    • MGS MOLA Team (2000)
    • Magellan Science Group (1992)
  • ACLU Standing Up for Civil Liberties Award (2007)
  • JPL Award for Excellence (2002)
  • Editor's Award for Excellence, Journal of Geophysical Research (1990)

Selected Publications
  1. Banerdt, W. B., V. Dehant, R. Grimm, M. Grott, P. Lognonné, and S. Smrekar, Probing the Interiors of Planets with Geophysical Tools, in Encyclopedia of the Solar System, 3rd ed., T. Spohn editor, Elsevier, in press, 2014.
  2. Dehant, V., B. Banerdt, P. Lognonné, M. Grott, J. Biele, D. Breuer, F. Forget, R. Jaumann, C. Johnson, M. Knapmeyer, M. Lefeuvre, D. Mimoun, A. Mocquet, P. Read, A. Rivoldini, O. Romberg, T. Spohn, P. Tortora, S. Ulamec, and S. Vennerstrøm, Mars future geophysical observatories for understanding its internal structure, rotation, and evolution, Planet. Space Sci., doi:10.1016/j.pss.2011.10.016, 2012.
  3. Mimoun, D., M. Wieczorek, D. Baratoux, R. Grimm, R. Jaumann, P. Lognonné, C. Neal, J. Oberst, T. Spohn, S. Vennerstrøm, P. Zarka, L. Alkalai, B. Banerdt, J.-L. Bougeret, A. Breen, B. Cecconi, G. Delory, J. Flohrer, R. Garcia, O. Gasnault, M. Grott, L. Gurvits, C. Johnson, M. Knapmeyer, N. Kobayashi, A. Konovalenko, M. Le Feuvre, N. Olsen, J. L. Ortiz, H. Röttgering, B. Thidé, and G. Woan, The Farside Explorer Mission: Unique Science from the Farside of the Moon, Exper. Astron., DOI 10.1007/s10686-011-9252-3, 2012.
  4. Smith, A., I. A. Crawford, R. A. Gowen, A. J. Coates, A. Griffiths, V. Tong, A. Jones, Y. Gao, L. Wilson, N. Bowles, T. Cook, M. Grande, M. Anand, A. Hagermann, S. Sheridan, I. Wright, G. Collins, P. Brown, W. T.Pike, K. Milojovic, C. Braithwaite, A. Phipps, M. Sweeting, P. Church, R. Scott, S. McKenna-Lawlor, M. Sims, D. Pullan, D. Talboys, G. Fraser, R. Ambrosi, N. Bannister, J. Grygorczuk, K. Seweryn, W. Marczewski, R. Wawrzaszek, E. Palomba, J. Chela-Flores, G. Klingelhoefer, M. Wieczorek, M. Knapmeyer, S. Ulamec, O. Khavroshkin, O. Khavroshkin, M. Shyama, K. C. Narendranath, T. Cholinser, J. Rask, T. Colaprete, D. Lawrence, T. Glotch, T. Swindle, R. Denis, R. Elphic, J. Heldmann, L. Taylor, E. Gibson, L. L. Hood, M. Gudipati, B. Banerdt, K. Joy, and G. Kramer, LunarNet - A proposal in response to an ESA call in 2010 for a medium sized mission, Exper. Astron., 33:587-644, DOI 10.1007/s10686-011-9250-5, 2012.
  5. Jones, M. A., L. Herrell, W. B. Banerdt, D. Hansen, R.Miyake, S. Kondos, P. Timmerman, and V. Randolph, Next generation autonomous lunar geophysical experiment package (ALGEP), Aerospace Conf. 2009 IEEE, 7-14 March 2009, doi: 10.1109/AERO.2009.4839321, 2009.
  6. Andrews-Hanna, J. C., M. T. Zuber, and W. B. Banerdt, The Borealis Basin and the Martian crustal dichotomy, Nature, 453, 1212-1215, doi:10.1038/nature07011, 2009.
  7. Larmat, C. M., J.-P. Montagner, Y. Capdeville, B. Banerdt, P. Lognonné, and J.-P. Vilotte, Numerical assessment of the effects of the topography and the crustal thickness on the Martian seismograms using the coupled modal solution-spectral elements method, Icarus, 196, 78-89, doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2007.12.030, 2008.
  8. Banerdt, W. B., T. Chui, E. T. Herrin, D. Rosenbaum, V. L. Teplitz, Lunar seismic search for strange quark matter, Adv. Space Res., 37, 1889-1893, 2006.
  9. Searls, M. L., W. B. Banerdt, and R. J. Phillips, Utopia and Hellas basins, Mars: Twins separated at birth, J. Geophys. Res., 111, E08005, doi:10.1029/2005JE002666, 2006.
  10. Albert, D. G., and W. B. Banerdt, A Seismic Profiler for the Construction and Resource Utilization Explorer (CRUX), Aerospace Conf. 2006 IEEE, doi: 10.1109/AERO.2006. 1655753, 2006.
  11. Solomon, S. C., and 16 others (incl. W. B. Banerdt), New Perspectives on Ancient Mars, Science, 307, 1214-1220, 2005.
  12. Phillips, R. J., and 10 others (incl. W. B. Banerdt), Ancient geodynamics and global-scale hydrology on Mars, Science, 291, 2587-2591, 2001.
  13. Smith, D. E., and 22 others (incl. W. B. Banerdt), Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter (MOLA): Experiment summary after the first year of global mapping of Mars, J. Geophys. Res., 106, 23689-23722, 2001.
  14. Zuber, M. T., and 14 others (incl. W. B. Banerdt), Internal structure and early thermal evolution of Mars from Mars Global Surveyor topography and gravity, Science, 287, 1788-1793, 2000.
  15. Lognonne, P., and 28 others (incl. W. B. Banerdt), The NetLander very broad band seismometer, Planet. Space Sci., 48, 1289-1302, 2000.
  16. Konopliv, A. S., W. B. Banerdt, and W. L. Sjogren, Venus Gravity: 180th degree and order model, Icarus, 139, 3-18, 1999.
  17. Smith, D. E., and 19 others (incl. W. B. Banerdt), The global topography of Mars and implications for surface evolution, Science, 284, 1495-1503, 1999.
  18. Harri, A.-M., and 28 others (incl. W. B. Banerdt), Network science landers for Mars, Adv. Space Res., 23, 1915-1924, 1999.
  19. Smith, D. E., and 11 others (incl. W. B. Banerdt), Topography of the northern hemisphere of Mars from the Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter, Science, 279, 1686-1692, 1998.
  20. Zuber, M. T., and 20 others (incl. W. B. Banerdt), Observations of the north polar region of Mars from the Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter, Science, 280, 2053-2060, 1998.
  21. Banerdt, W. B., G. E. McGill, and M. T. Zuber, Plains tectonics on Venus, in Venus II, S. W. Bouguer et al., eds., U. of Ariz. Press, 797-844, 1997.
  22. Sjogren, W. L., W. B. Banerdt, P. W. Chodas, A. S. Konopliv, G. Balmino, J. P. Barriot, T. R. Colvin, M. E. Davies, and J. Arkani-Hamed, The Venus gravity field and other geodetic parameters, in Venus II, S. W. Bouguer et al., eds., U. of Ariz. Press, 797-844, 1997.
  23. Hansen, V., J. Willis, and W. B. Banerdt, An Overview of Venus Tectonics, in Venus II, S. W. Bouguer et al., eds., U. of Ariz. Press, 797-844, 1997.
  24. Lognonne, P., J. Gagnepain-Beyneix, W. B. Banerdt, S. Cacho, J. F. Karczewski, and M. Morand, Ultra broad band seismology on InterMarsnet, Planet. Space Sci., 44, 1237-1249, 1996.
  25. Banerdt, B., and 18 others, INTERMARSNET Phase-A Study Report, EAS Publ. D/SCI(96)2, 1996.
  26. Banerdt, W. B., R. Abercrombie, S. Keddie, M. Menvielle, H. Mizutani, S. Nagihara, Y. Nakamura, W. T. Pike, Planetary interiors, in Planetary Surface Instrument Workshop, eds. C. Meyer, et al., LPI Tech. Rept. 95-05, 1995.
  27. Banerdt, W. B., A. S. Konopliv, N. J. Rappaport, W. L. Sjogren, R. E. Grimm, and P. G. Ford, The isostatic state of Mead crater, Icarus, 112, 117-129, 1995.
  28. Banerdt, W. B., and M. P. Golombek, Constraints on the structure and evolution of the Tharsis region of Mars, in Planetary Geosciences - 1989-90, M. T. Zuber, O. B. James, J. I. Lunine, G. J. MacPherson, and R. J. Phillips, eds., NASA SP-508, 4-6, 1992.
  29. Banerdt, W. B., M. P. Golombek, and K. L. Tanaka, Stress and Tectonics on Mars, in Mars, H. Kieffer et al., eds., U. of Ariz. Press, 249-297, 1992.
  30. Esposito, P. B., G. Balmino, W. B. Banerdt, B. G. Bills, G. F. Lindal, W. L. Sjogren, M. A. Slade, and D. E. Smith, Gravity and Topography, in Mars, H. Kieffer et al., eds., U. of Ariz. Press, 249-297, 1992.
  31. Golombek, M. P., W. B. Banerdt, K. L. Tanaka, and D. M. Tralli, A prediction of Mars seismicity from surface faulting, Science, 258, 979-981, 1992.
  32. Banerdt, W. B., and C. G. Sammis, Small-scale fracture patterns on the volcanic plains of Venus, J. Geophys. Res., 97, 16,149-16,166, 1992.
  33. Tanaka, K. L., M. P. Golombek, and W. B. Banerdt, Reconciliation of stress and structural histories of the Tharsis region of Mars, J. Geophys. Res., 96, 15,617-15,633, 1991.
  34. Solomon, S. C., D. L. Anderson, W. B. Banerdt, R. G. Butler, P. M. Davis, F. K. Duennebier, Y. Nakamura, E. A. Okal, and R. J. Phillips, Scientific Rationale and Requirements for a Global Seismic Network on Mars, LPI Tech. Rept. 91-02, 1991.
  35. Phillips, R. J., N. H. Sleep, and W. B. Banerdt, Permanent uplift in magmatic systems with application to the Tharsis region of Mars, J. Geophys. Res., 95, 5089-5100, 1990.

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