Personnel Biographies

Mike Malin

Michael C. Malin, President and Chief Scientist


A. B., 1971, University of California, Berkeley, Physics; Dissertation, 1975, Ph.D., 1976, California Institute of Technology, Planetary Sciences and Geology.


President and Chief Scientist, Malin Space Science Systems, Inc., 1990-present; Research Professor, 1990-1991, Professor, 1987-1990, Associate Professor, 1982-1987, Assistant Professor, 1979-1982, Department of Geology, Arizona State University; Member of the Technical Staff, Earth and Planetary Sciences Section, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 1975-1979.

Project Participation

Principal Investigator/Team Leader: Mars Orbiter Camera (1986-1993); Mars Global Surveyor Orbiter Camera (1993-present); Mars Climate Orbiter Color Imager (1996-2000); Mars Polar Lander Descent Imager (1996-2000); Mars Surveyor 2001 Descent Imager (1998-2000), Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Color Imager (2002-present), Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Context Camera (2002-present).; Mars Science Laboratory Mars Descent Imager (2004-present), Mars Science Laboratory Mastcam (2004-present)

Co-Investigator/Team Member: Comet Rendezvous/Asteroid Flyby Imaging System (1986-1991); Mars Observer Thermal Emission Spectrometer (1986-1993); Mars Global Surveyor Thermal Emission Spectrometer (1993-present); Near-Earth Asteroid Rendezvous Multispectral Imager/Near-infrared Spectrometer (1995-2000); Mars Pathfinder Guest Investigator (1997); Mars Odyssey 2001 Themal Imaging System (1998-present); Mars Exploration Rover 2003; Athena Rover (1998-present); Phoenix Mars Scout mission MARDI (2003-present); Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (2004-present).

Science Experience:

Guest Investigator, Magellan Venus Radar Investigation Group, 1990-present. Participating Scientist, Mars '94 Mission, 1990-present. Principal Investigator, Venus Data Analysis Program, 1993-present. Principal Investigator, NASA Planetary Geology and Geophysics Program, 1975-1993. Principal Investigator, NSF Polar Programs (U.S. Antarctic Research Program), 1982-1987, 1993-present. Principal Investigator, NSF Earth Sciences, 1983-1987.

Research Interests:

NASA research includes photogeological studies of Viking Orbiter and Lander (Mars), Voyager (satellites of Jupiter and Saturn), and Pioneer Venus (Venus) images, and terrestrial field studies of eolian, fluvial, volcanic, and mass movement phenomena (conducted in Iceland, Alaska, Hawaii, Washington, and Utah). NSF research includes studies of cold-environment weathering and erosion phenomena in Antarctica and evaluation of explosive volcanic eruption processes through the use of computer graphic techniques.


Malin received a five year MacArthur Fellowship in 1987; Was Named Aviation Week & Space Technology Aerospace Laureate, 2000; Received the NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal, 2002; Received the American Geographical Association, G.K. Gilbert Award, 2001; and was awarded the California Institute of Technology Distinguished Alumni Medal, 2003

Recent Publications:

Malin, M. C., and K. S. Edgett, 2003, Evidence for persistent flow and aqueous sedimentation on early Mars, Science, 302, 1931-1934, doi:10.1126/science.1090544.

Edgett, K. S., and M. C. Malin, 2002, Martian sedimentary rock stratigraphy: Outcrops and interbedded craters of northwest Sinus Meridiani and southwest Arabia Terra, Geophys. Res. Lett., 29,  24, 2179, doi:10.1029/2002GL016515.

Malin, M. C, J. F. Bell III, W. Calvin, R. T. Clancy, R. M. Haberle, P. B. James, S. W.  Lee, P. C. Thomas, and M. A. Caplinger, 2001, The Mars Color Imager (MARCI) on the Mars Climate Orbiter, J. Geophys. Res., 106, (E8), p. 17,651-17,666.

Malin, M. C., and K. S. Edgett, 2001, Mars Global Surveyor Mars Orbiter Camera: Interplanetary cruise through primary mission, J. Geophys. Res., 106(E10), 23,429-23,570.

Malin, M. C., M. A. Caplinger, and S. D. Davis, 2001, Observational evidence for an active surface reservoir of solid carbon dioxide on Mars, Science, 294, 2146-2148.

Malin, M. C., and K. S. Edgett, 2000, Sedimentary rocks of early Mars, Science 290, 1927-1937.

Malin, M. C., and K. S. Edgett, 2000, Evidence for recent groundwater seepage and surface runoff on Mars, Science 288, 2330-2335.

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