IU geologists and NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity mission

April 12, 2013

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research and Indiana University Bloomington have launched a new video series highlighting some of the fascinating research and creative activities that our faculty pursue.

In this fourth video in the series, join geologists David Bish and Juergen Schieber, both professors in the Department of Geology, as they explain their roles in NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity mission. Bish is the Haydn Murray Chair of applied clay mineralogy, and Schieber is professor of geological science, both in the College of Arts and Sciences. The scientists are part of teams that developed two of the eight scientific instruments that NASA selected for the Mars mission. Bish is co-investigator for CheMin, short for Chemistry and Mineralogy, a miniaturized X-ray diffraction instrument. Schieber, an expert in sedimentary geology, is analyzing images from the Mars Hand Lens Imager, a focusable color camera on the turret at the end of Curiosity’s robotic arm.

For more videos in the Brilliant Series, visit the archives here.

Leave a Comment