Elliot Sefton-Nash - Personal Profiles
Elliot Sefton-NashPlanetary Scientist
Main Research Fields
My research areas encompass planetary geology and remote sensing, and include questions regarding: surface properties (thermophysical, morphological, mineralogical), surface-atmosphere interaction, volatiles, habitability, computational methods and planetary GIS. I do spectroscopy and radiometry from the visible to far infrared, analysis of planetary image data, and theoretical modelling in support of observations.
Broadly, my research aim is to map and understand the composition, distribution and role of volatiles in the context of past and present solar system habitats, and targeting of sites for future human and robotic exploration. Special focus is given to the volatile inventory of the lunar poles, and the water-mediated history of Mars' surface and atmosphere.
I am interested in the the relevance of results in these fields to astrobiology and future human resource utilisation in the solar system. Much of this work concerns Mars and the Moon, but results can have implications for asteroids, comets, and exoplanets.
- ESA/ESTEC, NL: Olivier Witasse, Detlef Koschny – Martian elongated craters and ancient atmosphere. Jorge Vago – ExoMars Rover landing site. Chrysa Avdellidou – Lunar impact flashes.
- Natural History Museum, London, UK: Peter Grindrod – ExoMars Rover landing site.
- The Open University, UK: Matt Balme, Peter Fawdon – Mars regolith thermophysics, ExoMars Rover landing site.
- University of California Los Angeles, USA: David Paige – Lunar polar volatiles and lunar IR radiometry/spectroscopy. Jean-Pierre Williams – Lunar IR radiometry/spectroscopy and dataset production.
- Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, USA: Benjamin Greenhagen, Ray Espiritu – Lunar polar volatiles and dataset production.
- Laboratory for Atmospheric & Space Physics, Boulder, USA: Klaus-Michael Aye – Lunar thermal observations and planetary dataset manipulation/production.
Project/mission at ESA
- PROSPECT Project Scientist - Lunar volatiles sampling and analysis payload.
- Mars Sample Return (ESA MSR Study Scientist) - Together with NASA and international partners we are studying returning samples from Mars.
- JAXA Martian Moons eXploration: MMX (ESA Project Scientist) - JAXA mission with ESA contributions.
- ExoMars 2020 (Project Science support) - Launches in Jul-Aug 2020 and lands at Oxia Planum in March 2021; preparation for science operations is underway.