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ASUís Leshin Named to Commission to Plan Future of NASA

President George W. Bush has named Arizona State University Professor of Geological Sciences Laurie Leshin to the President’s Commission on the Implementation of U.S. Space Exploration Policy, a commission that he announced would be formed in a speech on January 14.

The President detailed an ambitious new mission for NASA and, according to White House documents, “formed a Commission on the Implementation of U.S. Space Exploration Policy to advise NASA on the long-term implementation of the President's vision.” Leshin is the only Arizonan appointed to the critically important nine-member commission, and one of four scientists.

See the White House releases for further details:

Dr. Laurie Leshin is the Dee and John Whiteman Dean’s Distinguished Professor of Geological Sciences, and the Director of the Center for Meteorites Studies at Arizona State University. After attending Tempe public schools, she received her B.S. in Chemistry at ASU, and her Ph.D. in 1994 from the California Institute of Technology. Dr. Leshin is a cosmochemist primarily interested in deciphering the record of water on objects in our solar system – she has15 years experience performing quantitative analyses of extraterrestrial rocks in the laboratory, and participating in NASA flight projects. A primary part of her research involves using meteorites from Mars to assess the history of water and the potential for life on the red planet. Dr. Leshin plays a major role in ASU’s Astrobiology Program where she works to understand the formation of lifeís precursor molecules on asteroids. She directs research, education, and curation activities in the ASU Center for Meteorite Studies, which houses the largest University-based meteorite collection in the world. Dr. Leshin is also the leader of the Sample Collection for Investigation of Mars (SCIM) mission, which was recently a finalist for flight by NASA. If flown, SCIM could be the first robotic round-trip mission to Mars, returning valuable dust and atmosphere samples to Earth for analysis.

In 2003, Dr. Leshin was selected as the first Dean’s Distinguished Professor in the ASU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. In 1996, she was the inaugural recipient of the Meteoritical Society’s Nier Prize, awarded for outstanding research in meteoritics or planetary science by a scientist under the age of 35. The International Astronomical Union recognized her contributions to planetary science with the naming of asteroid 4922 Leshin.


Laurie Leshin
Laurie Leshin

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White House news release

Department of Geological Sciences
Center for Meteorite Studies
Faculty Profile: Laurie Leshin







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