NASA Administrator Charles Bolden has named Cornell University Astronomy Professor Steven W. Squyres chairman of the NASA Advisory Council. The council is a panel of experts from various fields that offer guidance and policy advice to Bolden.
Dr. Squyres, who served on the council in the 1990sm replaces Dr. Kenneth Ford, founder and director of the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition.
According to NASA, Squyres is currently is the scientific principal investigator for the Mars Exploration Rover mission, which includes the Spirit and Opportunity rovers.
He most recently participated as an aquanaut in a five-day undersea expedition in the Florida Keys that simulated a future human mission to an asteroid, taking the first steps toward learning how to conduct asteroid exploration by humans.
Squyres’ scientific research consists of a focus on the robotic exploration of planetary surfaces, the history of water on Mars, geophysics and tectonics of icy satellites, tectonics of Venus, and planetary gamma-ray and X-ray spectroscopy.