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Douglas W Ming

Planetary Scientist, Currently on assignment to Mars Science Laboratory

Area of Research/Engineering: Mars

Contact Information

Phone: 281-483-5839
Fax: 281-483-1573

ARES Researcher Douglas W. Ming


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

Research/Engineering Interests

Dr. Ming has extensive experience in soil chemistry and mineralogy. He has numerous publications on the analysis of data from Mars robotic missions. Dr. Ming is currently a Science Team Member for the 2003 Mars Exploration Rovers and a Co-Investigator for the 2009 Mars Science Laboratory Mission, and he was a Co-Investigator for the 2007 Mars Phoenix Scout and Science Team Member of the 1998 Mars Polar Lander Missions.

Dr. Ming has over 110 peer-reviewed journal articles; over 25 peer-reviewed book chapters, over 20 technical articles; Editor of 3 books; Inventor of 2 U.S. Patents, 3 International Patents, 1 U.S. Patent Application. He is currently on assignment to Mars Science Laboratory.

Selected Publications

Tamppari, L. K., et al., including D. W. Ming (2011, in press) "Effects of Water Activity in the Limit of Extreme Aridity: Dry Permafrost in the McMurdo Dry Valleys and the Mars Phoenix Landing Site." Antarctica Science.

Crumpler, L. S., et al., including D. W. Ming (2011, in press) "Field Reconnaissance Geologic Mapping of the Columbia Hills, Mars Based on MER Spirit and MRO HiRISE Observations." Journal of Geophysical Research, doi:10.1029/2010JE003749.

Zipfel, J., et al., including D. W. Ming. 2011. "Bounce Rock A Shergottite-like basalt encountered at Meridiani Planum, Mars." Meteoritics and Planetary Science Vol. 46, No. 1, pp. 1-20, doi: 10.1111/j.1945-5100.2010.01127.x.

Cull, S. C., R. E. Arvidson, J. G. Catalano, D. W. Ming, R. V. Morris, M. T. Mellon, and M. Lemmon. 2010. "Concentrated perchlorate at the Mars Phoenix landing site: Evidence for thin film liquid water on Mars." Geophysical Research Letters, 37, L22203, doi:10.1029/2010GL045269.