Late professor Ronald Greeley [photo credit ASU], a planetary scientist at Arizona State University until his death in 2011, is the 2013 recipient of the Harold Masursky Award for outstanding service to planetary science and exploration. The prize is named after the distinguished geologist and astronomer Harold Masursky (1922-1990), who investigated planetary and lunar surfaces, with a primary interest in finding scientifically valuable landing places.
The Masursky Award was established by the Division for Planetary
Sciences (DPS) of the American Astronomical Society to recognize and
honor individuals who have rendered outstanding service to planetary
science and exploration through engineering, managerial, programmatic,
or public service activities. Greeley is the twentieth recipient of the
Masursky Award and the first from Arizona State University.
Greeley was involved in nearly every major space probe mission flown
in the solar system since the Apollo missions to the Moon, including the
Galileo mission to Jupiter, Magellan mission to Venus, Voyager 2
mission to Uranus and Neptune, and shuttle imaging radar studies of
Earth. Passionate about Mars exploration, He was involved with several
missions to the Red Planet, including Mariners 6, 7, and 9, Viking, Mars
Pathfinder, Mars Global Surveyor, and the Mars Exploration Rovers. He
was a co-investigator for the High Resolution Stereo Camera on the
European Mars Express mission.
Greeley was a Regents Professor of Planetary Geology at Arizona State
University in the School of Earth and Space Exploration until his death
on Oct. 27, 2011. He received his Ph.D. in geology in 1966 from the
University of Missouri at Rolla. Through service in the U.S. Army, he
was assigned to NASA’s Ames Research Center in 1967, where he trained
astronauts and helped prepare for the Apollo missions to the Moon. After
his military service ended, he remained at NASA Ames to conduct
research in planetary geology. Greeley joined the faculty at Arizona
State University in 1977 with a joint professorship in the Department of
Geology and the Center for Meteorite Studies.
The Harold Masursky Award will be accepted by Greeley’s widow,
Cynthia Greeley, at the 45th annual DPS meeting in Denver, Colo., Oct.
[taken from the ASU announcement]
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