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Ken Edgett, Senior Research Scientist

ORCID 0000-0001-7197-5751

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Photograph of Ken Edgett preparing to look at gypsum sand with a hand lens on a dune at White Sands National Monument in February 2007.

Ken Edgett’s research interests include Mars sedimentology, geology, and geomorphology, and sand dune studies on Earth. He is the Principal Investigator for the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) onboard the Curiosity rover. He is a Co-Investigator for the MSL Mastcam and MARDI teams, a Co-Investigator for the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) Context Camera (CTX) team, and a Co-Investigator for the Mars-2020 Perseverance rover Mastcam-Z and SHERLOC investigations. Edgett holds a Ph.D. (1994) in Geology from Arizona State University. He began working with Malin Space Science Systems (MSSS) in February 1998. His main responsibilities during 1998–2006 centered on targeting and review of the more than 240,000 images acquired by the Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC). In addition to his scientific work, Edgett founded and directed (1992–1998) the Mars K-12 Education Program at Arizona State University; he was a regularly-featured on-air contributor to the children’s science television program, Brainstorm, produced and aired by KTVK-TV (Channel 3) in Phoenix, Arizona (1997–2002); and he co-authored (with Peggy Wethered and illustrator Michael Chesworth) a children’s book, Touchdown Mars! An ABC Adventure, published in 2000.