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Douglas W Ming

Planetary Scientist

Contact Information

Phone: 281.483.5839
Fax: 281-483-1573

ARES Douglas W Ming


Doug Ming is a planetary scientist within the Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) Division at the Johnson Space Center. He has extensive experience in soil chemistry and mineralogy and numerous publications on the analysis of data from Mars robotic missions. Ming is currently a science team member for the 2003 Mars Exploration Rovers and a co-investigator for the 2009 Mars Science Laboratory Mission. Ming was previously a co-investigator for the 2007 Mars Phoenix Scout and science team member of the 1998 Mars Polar Lander Missions.


DegreeArea of StudySchoolYear
Ph.D.Soil ScienceTexas A&M University1985
M.S.Soil ScienceColorado State University1981
B.S.Colorado State University1979

Selected Publications

Franz, H. B., A. C. McAdam, D. W. Ming, et al.  2017. Large Sulfur Isotope Fractionations in Martian Sediments at Gale Crater.  Nature Geoscience. DOI: 10.1038/NGEO3002.

Hurowitz, J. A., et al., including D. W. Ming. 2017.  Redox Stratification of an Ancient Lake in Gale crater, Mars.  Science, Vol. 356, eaah6849, DOI: 10.1126/science.aah6849.

Yen, A. S., D. W. Ming, et al.  2017.  Multiple stages of aqueous alteration along fractures in mudstone and sandstone in Gale Crater, Mars.  Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Vol. 471, pp 186-198,

Rampe, E. B., D. W. Ming, et al.  2017.  Mineralogy of an ancient lacustrine mudstone succession for the Murray formation, Gale crater, Mars.  Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Vol. 471, pp. 172-185,

Stern, J. C., et al. including D. W. Ming. 2017.  The Nitrate/(Per)chlorate Relationship on Mars. Geophysical Research Letters, Vol. 44, 9 pp, doi:10.1002/2016GL072199.

Schuerger, A. C., D. W. Ming, and D. C. Golden.  2017.  Biotoxicity of Mars Soils: 2. Microbial Survival in Aqueous Soil Solutions that Simulate Emplacement into Recurring Slope Lineae and Ice/Salt Inclusions.  Icarus, Vol. 290, pages 215–223,

Ming, D. W., et al.  2014.   Volatile and Organic Compositions of Sedimentary Rocks in Yellowknife Bay, Gale crater, Mars.  Science, Vol. 343, Issue 6169, Jan. 24, 2014, DOI:10.1126/ science.1245267.

Ming, D. W., R. V. Morris, and B. C. Clark. 2008. Chapter 23: Aqueous alteration on Mars. In J. F. Bell, III (ed), The Martian Surface: Composition, Mineralogy, and Physical Properties, pp. 519-540, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Ming, D. W., et al.  2008. Geochemical Properties of Rocks and Soils in Gusev crater, Mars:  Results of the Alpha-Particle X-ray Spectrometer from Cumberland Ridge to Home Plate. Journal of Geophysical Research-Planets, Vol. 113, E12S39, doi:10.1029/2008JE003195, 28 pp.

Ming, D.W., et al. 2008. 2007 Mars Phoenix Scout Mission Organic Free Blank: Method to Distinguish Mars Organics from Terrestrial Organics. Journal of Geophysical Research-Planets, Vol. 113, E00A21, doi:10.1029/2007JE003061, 17 pp.

Ming, D. W., et al.  2006. Geochemical and mineralogical indicators for aqueous processes in the Columbia Hills of Gusev crater, Mars. Journal of Geophysical Research, 111, E02S12, doi:10.1029/2005JE002560.