Jim Bell is an Associate Professor
in the Cornell University Astronomy Department.
He received his B.S. from Caltech in 1987 and his
Ph.D. from the University of Hawaii in 1992, performing
research on Mars surface mineralogy and climate
variations using infrared and optical telescopes
at Mauna Kea Observatory. He worked as a National
Research Council postdoctoral research fellow at
NASA's Ames Research Center in California prior
to coming to Cornell.
His studies primarily focus on the geology, chemistry,
and mineralogy of planets, asteroids, and comets
using data obtained from telescopes and spacecraft
missions. He has published more than 30 first-authored and more than 130 co-authored research papers in peer reviewed science journals, authored or co-authored nearly 400 abstracts and scientific conference presentations, is a frequent contributor to popular astronomy magazines and radio shows, and recently wrote "Postcards from Mars" (Dutton, 2006), a book about the Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity. He has been a member of the science teams of the NASA Mars Pathfinder, Mars Odyssey, NEAR, CONTOUR, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, Mars Exploration Rover, and 2009 Mars Science Laboratory missions and has been an HST Guest Observer since 1993.
Michael Wolff is a Senior Resarch
Scientist with the Space Science Institute (headquarters
in Boulder, CO). Mike graduated from the University
of Wisconsin (Madison) with a Ph.D. in Astronomy
in 1993. Among his current research interests, one
finds radiative transfer, remote sensing algorithm
development, electrodynamical scattering theory,
and many aspects of terrestrial planet atmospheres.
Based near the beaches of Brookfield, Wisconsin,
Mike is actively involved in several current spacecraft
teams. In addition to that of the MARCI instrument,
he is a science team member on the Mars Exploration
Rover project and the MRO/CRISM instrument. He has
no hobbies, as the would imply having some free-time.
Nevertheless, Mike enjoys Bombay gin martinis and
his favorite color is blue.
||Jim Bell and Mike Wolff during the August 2003 Mars Closest Approach Event at Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, MD.