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Rosaly M.C. Lopes, Ph.D.

An internationally illustrious planetary geologist and volcanologist, Rosaly Lopes is the Manager for Planetary Science and a Senior Research Scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Throughout her impressive and decorated career, Dr. Lopes has worked on many of the major active and extinct earthly volcanoes around the world ranging from Vesuvius to Mt. Pelee to Kilauea and Mauna Loa.

Using the Near-Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (NIMS on the Galileo spacecraft), Lopes discovered 71 previously unknown, active volcanoes on Jupiter’s moon Io. Recently Dr. Lopes has been working to utilize remote sensing data collected from spacecraft to analyze the geology of Titan, Saturn’s largest moon, and its ice volcanoes.

In recognition for her significant contributions to her field, Dr. Lopes has received numerous awards including the 1997 GEMS Woman of the Year in Science and Technology, NASA Exceptional Service Medal, and several NASA Group Achievement Awards. In 2005, she was awarded the Carl Sagan medal by the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society, in recognition of her significant efforts in public outreach and education, particularly among Hispanic groups and young women. Her work in outreach includes innumerable public talks, media interviews, articles in magazines and newspapers, eight books, and major efforts to nurture and mentor young scientists. Dr. Lopes not only embodies earthly exploration experience, but she is of the era of explorers who are utilizing telepresence to expand our knowledge of the Universe.













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