Maria T. Zuber

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  • 2012-2013
Maria T. Zuber
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Huntington Hall, MIT Room 10-250
The Early History of the Moon

Maria Zuber, the E.A. Griswold professor of geophysics in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS), has spent much of her career charting new territory in planetary science, spearheading missions to map planetary bodies within the solar system in unprecedented detail. Such maps have revealed new information about the composition and atmosphere of Mercury, Mars, and the moon. Professor Zuber’s “breakthrough moment” came with her involvement in the Clementine space project—a mission to launch a spacecraft to observe the moon and surrounding asteroids. She led the analysis of data from the mission, and generated the first reliable topographic map of the moon. Her work established a new way to quantitatively analyze geophysical data, which has since become the standard in planetary mapping throughout the world. Read more at MIT News. Professor Zuber was named vice president for research in November 2012.