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Dr. Paul M. Schenk


Planetary Geology

Lunar and Planetary Institute
3600 Bay Area Boulevard
Houston, TX 77058


A space-groupie since Gemini days in the mid 1960's, my first formal introduction to planetary sciences was as a NASA Planetary Geology summer intern in 1979 at JPL during the Voyager 2 Jupiter encounter. Working for Voyager during one of its encounters was an unforgettable experience. (Since 1992 I have also been an intern advisor for LPI's summer intern program.) In 1988 I completed my Ph.D. at Washington University in St. Louis under Dr. William B. McKinnon. Since arriving at the LPI in 1991 I have been using Voyager, Galileo, and Cassini stereo and monoscopic images to map the topography and geology of the icy outer planet satellites (and dabbled a bit on Mars and the Moon).


I have also been a stereo image afficionado for many years, and in 1997 completed an educational/fun CD-ROM entitled 3-D Tour of the Solar System showing the planets in 3-D. Other interests include 20th Century history, the Titanic, volleyball, stained glass, scuba, and deep sea diving.


In 2012, my Atlas of the Galilean Satellites (copyright 2010) was published.


As of 2012, I am a Participating Scientist on the DAWN (at Vesta) and on the Cassini missions, studying impact cratering on small bodies and plume deposition processes on Enceladus.


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Dr. Schenk's Curriculum Vitae


Icy Moons Topography Maps
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Atlas of the Galilean Satellites


Icy Moons