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Luke Dones

Luke Dones

Luke Dones is a Senior Research Scientist at Southwest Research Institute's Department of Space Studies in Boulder, Colorado. His research interests include planetary rings, the dynamics of comets and asteroids, and the impact history of the Solar System. He received a Bachelor's in Physics from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in Astronomy from the University of California, Berkeley. He was inspired to go into astronomy after seeing the Milky Way from the Andes while in college. His thesis dealt with dynamical and photometric studies of Saturn's rings, using Voyager spacecraft data. After receiving his Ph.D., he worked at the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics and NASA Ames Research Center before joining SwRI in 1999. Luke is a member of the Imaging Team of the Cassini spacecraft, which will arrive at Saturn in 2004. He enjoys attending plays with his wife Christine, hiking with his seven-year-old son Joey, and discussing whether Pluto is a planet or a Kuiper Belt Object with both of them.