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Lucille Le Corre

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Department of planetary Sciences
Planetary Science Institute
New Zealand


Principal Investigator of a NASA grant that focuses on processing and analyzing color images of asteroid Vesta using the Framing Camera (FC) onboard NASA's Dawn spacecraft. I am producing local and global color mosaics of Vesta, and studying the geology and composition of the surface. I am also a co-Investigator of another NASA project dedicated to calibrate and analyze data from the Hayabusa spacecraft using the Near-Infrared Spectrometer (NIRS) instrument and the Asteroid Multi-band Imaging Camera (AMICA) to study the composition of asteroid Itokawa. I am a team member of the Image Processing Working Group of the OSIRIS-REx mission to asteroid Bennu to help create mosaics using images from the OSIRIS-REx Camera Suite (OCAMS) and contribute to the study of space weathering effects on Bennu. In 2016, I was selected by NASA to be a Participating Scientist for JAXA Hayabusa2 mission to asteroid Ryugu. I will help constrain color properties and surface composition of Ryugu in correlation with surface geology to understand surface alteration. I will support sample site selection, impactor site selection, rover and lander deployment, mission planning and scientific investigations of the Hayabusa2 science team by generating higher-level data products (color maps, shape model and SPICE kernels).

Research Interest

- Participating Scientist for JAXA Hayabusa2 mission to asteroid Ryugu. - NASA OSIRIS-REx mission, Image Processing Working Group. - Processing of Dawn FC images of asteroid Vesta (PI of a PMDAP grant). - Hayabusa camera and spectrometer data processing of asteroid Itokawa (Co-I of a PMDAP grant). - NASA Dawn mission at Ceres, associate team member. Analysis of data from the Ceres phase of the mission using the Framing Camera images. Observations using IRTF/SPEX in preparation of the Ceres phase of the Dawn mission.

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