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Michael Hicks

  • B.S. in Planetary Science , Boston University, National Merit Scholar (1986)
  • Ph.D. in Planetary Science, University of Arizona (1997)

Research Interests
  • Origins and evolution of small bodies throughout the Solar System, with emphasis on detection and characterization of near-Earth Asteroids
  • Physical studies of NEOs using telescoping observations from visible to thermal-IR
  • Lightcurves, spectroscopy, photometry of of NASA mission targets


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Professional Experience
Jet Propulsion Laboratory (1997 - present)
  • Near-Earth Asteroid Tracking (NEAT Team member (2001-present)
  • Deep Space One Science Team Member (2001-2003)
  • Scientist in the Asteroids, Comets and Satellites Group (2001-present)
  • National Research Council Resident Research Associate, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (1997-2001)

Selected Awards
  • NASA Group Achievement Award Dawn Science Team (2013)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award-Deep Space 1 Comet Team
  • NASA Group Achievement Award-Near Earth Asteroid Tracking (NEAT) Team

Selected Publications
  1. Pravec, P., A.W. Harris, P. Scherich, P. Kusnirak, L. Sarounova, C.W. Hergenrother, S. Mottola, M.D. Hicks, G. Masi, Y.N. Krugly, V.G. Shevchenko, M.C. Nolan, E.S. Howell, M. Kaasalainen, A. Galad, P. Brown, D.R. DeGraff, J.V. Lambert, W.R. Cooney, and S. Foglia. "Tumbling Asteroids." 2004. Submitted to Icarus.
  2. Hicks, M.D., R.J. Bamberry, K.J. Lawrence. "Comet Photometry Using Archived NEAT Data." 2004. Submitted to Icarus.
  3. Buratti, B., D. Britt, L. Soderblom, M. Hicks, D. Boice, R. Brown, R. Meier, R. Nelson, J. Oberst, T. Owen, A. Rivken, B. Sandel, S. Stern, N. Thomas, R. Yelle, "9969 Braille: Deep Space 1 infrared spectroscopy, geometric albedo, and classification" 2004, Icarus 167, 129.
  4. Oberst, J., B. Gleise, E. Howington-Kraus, R. Kirk, L. Soderblom, B. Buratti, M.Hicks, R. Nelson, D. Britt, "The nucleus of Comet Borrelly: a study of morphology and surface brightness" 2004, Icarus 167, 70.
  5. Buratti, B., M. Hicks, L Soderblom, D. Britt, J. Oberst, J. Hillier, "Deep Space 1 photometry of the nucleus of Comet 19P/Borrelly" 2004, Icarus, 167, 129.
  6. Hicks, M., B. Buratti, R. Newburn, D. Rabinowitz, "Physical Observations of 1996 PW and 1997 SE5: Extinct Comets or D-Type Asteroids?" 2000 Icarus 143, 354.
  7. Pravec, P., L. Sarounova, M. Hicks, et al"Two Periods of 1999 HF1-Another Binary NEA Candidate" 2002,.Icarus 158, 276.
  8. Teegarden, B., S. Pravdo, M. Hicks, et al. "Discovery of a New Nearby Star" 2003, ApJ 589, 51.
  9. Buratti, B., J.K. Hillier, A. Heinze, M.D. Hicks, et al., "Photometry of Pluto in the last decade and before: evidence for volatile transport?" 2003, Icarus 162, 171.
  10. Buratti, B.J., M.D. Hicks, et al., "High-Resolution 0.33-0.92 µm Spectra of Iapetus, Hyperion, Phoebe, Rhea, Dione, and D-Type Asteroids: How Are They Related?" 2002 Icarus, 155, 375.
  11. Oberst, J., S. Mottola, M. di Martino, M. Hicks, B. Buratti, L. Soderblom, N. Thomas. "A Model for Rotation and Shape of Asteroid 9969 Braille from Ground-Based Observations and Images Obtained during the Deep Space 1 (DS1) Flyby" 2001 Icarus 153, 160.
  12. Pravec, P., L. Sarounova, L. Benner, S.J. Ostro, M.D. Hicks, et al., "NOTE: Slowly Rotating Asteroid 1999 GU3" 2000, Icarus, 148, 589.
  13. Pravec,P., L. Sarounova, D.L. Rabinowitz, M.D. Hicks, et al., "Two-Period Lightcurves of 1996 FG3, 1998 PG, and (5407) 1992 AX: One Probable and Two Possible Binary Asteroids" 2000, Icarus 146, 190.
  14. P. Pravec, L. Sarounova, M.D. Hicks, et al "Two Periods of 1999 HF1-Another Binary NEA Candidate" 2002, Icarus, 158, 276.
  15. Hicks, M.D., B.J. Buratti, R.L. Newburn, D.L. Genevier. "NOTE: The Lightcurve and Geometric Albedo of 433 Eros during the 1998 Apparition" 1999, Icarus, 141, 411.
  16. Fink, U., M. Hicks, R. Fevig. "Production Rates for the Stardust Mission Target: 81P/Wild 2", 1999, Icarus, 141 331.
  17. Hicks, M.D., U. Fink, W.M. Grundy. "The Unusual Spectra of 15 Near-Earth Asteroids and Extinct Comet Candidates" 1998. Icarus, 129, 415.

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