Duxbury has actively participated with a wide
variety of space missions, including: the Science
Imaging Teams of Mariners 6, 7, 9, and 10, Viking
Orbiters 1 and 2, Viking Lander 1, Pioneers 10
and 11, Voyagers 1 and 2, the Soviet PHOBOS Mission
(PHOBOS 88), Mars Observer (MO), Mars Global Surveyor
(MGS), the Dod/NASA Clementine Mission and the
Russian Mars 96 Mission (Mars 96).
He was a Viking Orbiter Imaging Team Member, the
Team Leader of the Viking Phobos/Deimos Encounter
Team, a Participating Scientist on the MO MOLA
Science Team, a Co-I on the PHOBOS 88 Orbiter
Imaging Team, and a Member of the Clementine Science
Team and a Co-I on the Russian Mars 96 Orbiter,
Penetrator and Small Station camera science teams.
Tom has served on many NASA panels and working
groups such as the NASA Planetary Cartography
Working Group, the NASA Planetary Cartography
and Geological Mapping Working Group, the Mars
Geodesy and Cartography Working Group and the
Russian / US Joint Working Group on Solar System
Exploration for Mars Mission Coordination and
Science Data Exchange. He was a speaker for the
NASA Planetary Geology Speakers Bureau.
He is currently a Participating Scientist on the
MGS MOLA Science Team and the ESA Mars Express
Stereo Camera Team, and the Lead Scientist of
the US Mars Exploration Office Cartography and
Geodesy Working Group, responsible for Mars Global
Cartography and Landing Site Characterization.
His roles on these missions have included ground
system design and testing, navigation, mission
and sequence planning, instrument modeling and
ground and flight geometric calibrations, and
data analysis for orbital dynamics, surface photometry,
rotational dynamics and cartographic mapping of
planets and highly irregularly shaped and rotating
He is also the Project Manager of the NASA Discovery
Stardust. He also has a science role on Stardust
to produce the 3-dimentional / topographic and
rotational models for comet P/Wild 2, ephemeredes
and registered and map projected color images
to the digital terrain model.
Photo of Tom Duxbury (left) and Chuck Acton (right) receiving
the prestigious Institute of Navigation, Samuel M. Burka Award for their
pioneering work on Optical Navigation in the early 1970's.
He discovered the groove network on Phobos and
showed that Phobos was in synchronous rotation
with a small amplitude forced libration. He supported
the discovery of the rings of Jupiter, lightening
of Jupiter and the G ring of Saturn. He was the
only American in Moscow supporting the landing
site selection, certification and landing operations
for the Soviet PHOBOS 88 mission which was using
his Phobos 3-dimentional and rotational models
as well as his special cartographic / topographic
map products. He has produced local cartographic
maps of the Viking Lander 1, Mars Pathfinder and
Mars Polar Landing Sites and provided these to
the respective projects before landing. These
maps represented the most accurate maps ever produced
for Mars at their times.
Prior to MGS, his research was focused on stereo
photogrammetry and image processing and analyses.
Since MGS his focus has become processing MOLA
data with imaging data used for supplemental purposes.
For these planetary activities, he has received
NASA Group Awards for Mariners 6, 7 and 9 Navigation,
for leading the Viking Phobos/Deimos Encounter
Team, for supporting the Pioneer Mission Analysis
at Jupiter, for supervising the Voyager Planetary
and Satellite Ephemeris efforts, and for supporting
the Viking Public Information Office. Additionally,
he has received the Institute of Navigation Burka
Award and the NASA Medal for Exceptional Scientific
Achievement for his pioneering work on Phobos
and Deimos. He received the Soviet Flight Control
Center medal for his support of the PHOBOS 88
Mission. He was listed in American Men and Women
in Science and Who's Who in America.
Stardust Interview: Earth Return - Ensuring Success
October 24, 2005