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Phil James

Phil James

Philip James received a Ph.D. in Physics from the Univ. of Wisconsin in 1966.He first became involved in Mars science in 1977, when he worked on the Viking Project at Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA.In 1986 and 1988 he led National Geographic Society sponsored expeditions to Hawaii and Chile to telescopically observe Mars while it was near its previous set of favorable oppositions.He was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society in recognition of his studies of the Martian climate.In 1990 Dr. James assumed the chairmanship of the Physics and Astronomy Department at the Univ. of Toledo.

A science team of which he is PI became the first General Observers to make science observations using Hubble Space Telescope in 1990 and has continued to observe Mars with HST since that time.One of their first images appeared on the cover of the May 1991 issue of Life.He is currently a Participating Scientist and Team Member for the Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) experiment on the Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft.He has been responsible for analysis of polar processes and clouds using mapping images from MOCís wide-angle cameras.He is also a member of the science team on the Mars Color Imager (MARCI) camera, originally designed for the 1988 Mars Surveyor orbiter that crashed on Mars in 1999; the experiment will be reflown as part of the payload for the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which will be launched in 2005.