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mars Name: Brigette Hesman
Title: Assistant Research Scientist
Room: NASA GSFC
Phone: (301) 614-6951
E-mail: bhesman
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Brigette Hesman's research interests lie in planetary science. She is currently working with two spacecraft instruments: Cassini's Composite Infrared Spectrometer (CIRS) and New Horizons' Linear Etalon Imaging Spectral Array (LEISA). For CIRS her support work involves running sequences, creating the Saturn observations, and calibration verification. She is also part of a ground-based observing team that deploys the GSFC spectrometer, Celeste, at different telescopes to provide support observations for the CIRS mission. For LEISA she has been concentrating on improving calibration of the LEISA data product to produce better results from the New Horizons Jupiter flyby and eventually the Pluto flyby in 2015.

Her research work has involved studying the composition of Gas Giant atmospheres throughout the infrared, submillimeter and radio bands. Her Ph. D. work involved studying Neptune's atmospheric CO abundance profile using submillimeter wavelengths. She had two post-doctoral positions: one as a NPP at GSFC working with CIRS and Celeste, and the other at NRAO's Very Large Array working on the commissioning of the Expanded Very Large Array. Her work has always involved studying the composition of planetary atmospheres which she uses to learn about the planet's impact history, understand more about its internal composition, and impart greater insight into the dynamical forces at work in Gas Giant stratospheres.
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