Dr. Carly Howett (Planetary Scientist, SwRI)

Dr. Carly Howett holds a giant model of Pluto

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Dr. Carly Howett is the Assistant Director of the Department of Space Studies at the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado. She is mainly interested in the surface properties of icy worlds, including Saturn’s icy moons, Europa, Pluto and Charon. She is the Deputy Principle Investigator of the Ralph Instrument on New Horizons, an Instrument Scientist on NASA’s newly selected Lucy mission and a Co-Investigator on two other NASA missions: Cassini and Europa Clipper.

On Cassini she was responsible for planning CIRS observations of Saturn’s icy moons, and analyzing the returned data. Carly has discovered thermal anomalies dubbed “Pac-Men” on three of Saturn’s icy moons, and helped constrain active Enceladus’ heat flow. While on New Horizons she works on planning observations, calibrating Ralph’s MVIC instrument and analyzing results. She assisted with the production of color images of Pluto and Charon.

NASA’s Lucy and Europa Clipper missions are still in the instrument development stages. As such, Dr. Howett is heavily involved in optimizing instrument design and build for the upcoming missions to a Jovian Trojan asteroid and Jupiter’s icy moon Europa respectively.

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