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Geoffrey A. Landis:
Page for Geoffrey A. Landis's activities in science, engineering, space, solar energy, and technology development
me posing with the "Spirit" rover
photo by Barbara Sprungman
Writing is not my full time job. In my main job, I am a scientist at the
NASA John Glenn Research Center,where I work on developing advanced concepts and technology for future space missions.
Recently much of my work has been studies supported by the
NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program.
I was also a member of the science team of the Mars Pathfinder and Mars Exploration Rovers missions.
Panorama from the Mars Exploration Rover
"Spirit" during its mission exploring Mars!
I've worked on a number of different projects, ranging from solid-state physics
to Mars exploration.
Probably the best way to get a technical view of some of the work I've done would be to
look at some of the papers I've published:
I was a member of the science team of the Mars
Exploration Rovers mission, that landed the two rovers "Spirit" and "Opportunity" on Mars.
me posing with the Pathfinder "Sojourner" rover
Here's my experiment (visible at the lower right corner of the
Sojourner's solar panel) on Mars!
Recently I've been involved on several projects with the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program. I was the lead on projects "Venus Landsailing Rover" and Power for Interstellar Flyby, as well as the 1998 NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts project "Advanced Solar- and Laser-pushed Lightsail Concepts, and have been science lead on others, most recently "Titan Sample Return Using In Situ Propellants".
I have also been involved in many studies of Venus, including leading a Revolutionary Aerospace Wystems Concepts project to make a technology-based conceptual design for a mission to explore the surface and atmosphere
of Venus. A summary of the mission design was published in the journal Acta
Astronautica. The project (with video animation) is shown here; here is a link to an animation of the mission concept as a .mov file, and you can see my presentation (with pictures) at the VEXAG (Venus EXploration Advisory Group) on the web. You can also look at the slides from Lecture I gave about Venus exploration at MIT in 2008.
I participated in a 2003 field test
of the "FIDO" rover. See me on sol
19 of operations.
Cleveland Plain Dealer published an article about Solar
Probe plus, a mission I work on.
I worked on MIP,
a project to demonstrate making
oxygen for rocket fuel on the surface of Mars.
I also work on the design
of airplanes to fly in the atmosphere of Mars and Venus.
An especially fun project was working with a bunch of
physicists and physicist/SF-writers at a NASA workshop on Faster than Light Travel. One result of this was that we determined that cosmic wormholes could have net negative mass. This paper was so interesting that the University of California put out a press release about it! I was featured in Discover
magazine article about faster than light travel; the article is
available from Findarticles.com,
and you can also read my comments
about the article.
Another project I spent a lot of time working on is
developing was laser power beaming to power spacecraft. You can read a
- One part of the project, a paper that I wrote with Ken
Mellott about the design of a power and cooling system for a Venus rover, also appeared
in Acta Astronautica (A story about the paper was featured in New
Scientist and was picked up by Slashdot).
In the News
What I did on my summer vacation: some Mars Pathfinder Snapshots
Between 1992 and 2000, I ran the "Science
Forum" feature of the magazine Science Fiction Age.
Here are four of the Science Forum columns that I conducted or
This page is about my activities in science, technology, and engineering-related stuff. If you want to know more about me in general, return to:
- Geoffrey A. Landis home page
- or go to my page on writing and science fiction
- or go to my page on miscellaneous stuff, including photos, essays, views and links.
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