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August 2, 2018

Nancy Chabot Elected Meteoritical Society Fellow

Nancy Chabot

Nancy Chabot displays one of the many samples in APL’s Meteorite Lab, which she oversees

Credit: Johns Hopkins APL

Nancy Chabot, a planetary scientist at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland, has been elected a Fellow of the Meteoritical Society.

Chabot’s research involves understanding the evolution of rocky planetary bodies in the solar system. She oversees a geochemistry laboratory that is used to conduct experiments to investigate the differentiation and evolution of planetary bodies; she also serves as the project scientist on the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission and the deputy principal investigator for the MEGANE instrument on the Japanese space agency’s Martian Moons eXploration mission.

Chabot was part of five field teams under the Antarctic Search for Meteorites program, the instrument scientist for the Mercury Dual Imaging System on the MESSENGER mission, an associate editor for the journal Meteoritics & Planetary Science, chair of NASA’s Small Bodies Assessment Group and a member of NASA’s Planetary Science Subcommittee.

Chabot currently supervises the Surface Processes Section in APL’s Planetary Science Group. She earned a B.A. in physics from Rice University and a Ph.D. in planetary science from the University of Arizona, and has an asteroid — 6899 nancychabot — named after her.

The Meteoritical Society announced Chabot’s election during its 81st Annual Meeting on July 23 in Moscow, Russia. The society is a nonprofit scholarly organization that promotes research and education in planetary science with emphasis on studies of meteorites and other extraterrestrial materials, including samples from space missions, that further our understanding of the origin and history of the solar system.

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