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Rajani's research focuses on the physics of planetary surface processes. She studies light reflected from planetary objects. She has worked on the Earth's Moon, Saturn's largest moon: Titan, New Horizons target Kuiper Belt Object: Arrokoth, and Jupiter's moon: Europa. She has been a part of India's first mission to Moon: Chandrayaan-1 and is currently a team member for the New Horizons team. Meanwhile she has finished her first year of the NASA postdoc fellowship constraining the surface properties of Europa using photometric modeling. She is presently analyzing New Horizons data to study surface roughness of Pluto's surface. She also spends a part of her time at JPL researching on Titan - her favorite planetary body ever. She spends time studying the bright ephemeral features on Titan -- broad specular reflections from the north pole that are transient and shift from flyby to flyby.
MISSION TEAM MEMBERSHIPS
Planetary surface processes, robotic exploration, spectroscopy, photometry, planetary geomorphology, astrobiology