The Geological Society of America has named Golombek to accept a 2015 G.K. Gilbert Award during a society’s annual assembly Nov. 1 to 4 in Baltimore.
Golombek is a plan scientist for NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Project, a alighting site scientist for NASA’s Mars Exploration Program, and co-chair of NASA’s Mars Landing Site Steering Committee. He was plan scientist for NASA’s Mars Pathfinder Project, that successfully put a initial corsair on Mars in 1997. He has been a personality in evaluating and selecting sites for each NASA Mars corsair mission, for a 2008 Phoenix Mars Lander, and for a arriving InSight lander and Mars 2020 rover.
The endowment recognizes superb contributions to a resolution of elemental problems of heavenly geology. It is named for Grove Karl Gilbert (1843-1918), an successful American geologist who saw a significance of a heavenly viewpoint in elucidate geologic problems. Gilbert was a usually chairman twice inaugurated boss of a Geological Society of America.
“I cruise this a approval for a kind of work JPL does during a intersection of scholarship and engineering,” Golombek said. “My work on alighting site preference is right during that interface, operative with a engineers who pattern alighting systems and a scientists who investigate a sites.”
Golombek is a New Jersey native. He binds an undergraduate grade from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, and masters and a doctorate in geology and geophysics from a University of Massachusetts, Amherst. In further to comment of alighting sites on Mars before and after a landings, he has complicated tectonics and erosion rates on Mars as contributors to a aspect morphology and geologic evolution.
For a NASA Science Mission Directorate, Washington, JPL manages a Mars Exploration Rover Project, that operates Opportunity; a Mars Science Laboratory Project, that operates Curiosity; and a InSight and Mars 2020 projects.