Department of planetary Sciences
Planetary Science Institute
Dr. Graps received her PhD in 2001 in Physics from the University of Heidelberg where she studied Io revealed in the Jovian dust streams. She was a computational physicist for 18 years before she earned her PhD. She has worked in twelve astronomy research teams since 1982, coordinated three research teams since 2009, and more in submitted proposals. In her ESA and NASA missions support, work, she has analyzed data from the New Horizons space mission, Rosetta spacecraft, Ulysses spacecraft, GORID/Express spacecraft, Cassini spacecraft, Galileo spacecraft, SOHO spacecraft, NASA's Kuiper Airborne Observatory, NASA's ER-2 aircraft, the Voyager 2 spacecraft, the Pioneer Venus Orbiter spacecraft, the Infrared Astronomical Satellite (IRAS), the Space Shuttle's SpaceLab 2, and ground-based telescopes in Hawaii, California, and Arizona. Additionally, The data includes calibration star cluster fields, dust from Saturn's and Jupiter's magnetosphere and Earth's geostationary orbit, the Sun, Comet Shoemaker- Levy 9, Comet Halley, Supernova 1987a, Venus, Mars, Io, Mercury, the Moon, Saturn's and Uranus' rings, asteroids, Earth's atmosphere, protostars, molecular clouds, galaxies, novas, main-sequence stars, and the exhaust-cloud around the Space Shuttle.
Dr. Amara Graps' current research focuses on Saturn’s magnetosphere, asteroid surface regoliths, and comet dust electrostatic fragmentation. She is also studying the origin of Earth's water. She is engaged in education and public outreach, developing materials for teaching young children about climate. She is also building a Wavelet Library for Astronomers.