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Anthony Colaprete

Anthony Colaprete is a planetary scientist at NASA Ames Research Center, where he currently leads the Flight Instrument Group that is charged with developing a range of flight instruments for various platforms. Dr.  Colaprete also conducts basic research on planetary atmospheres and lunar volatiles. Dr. Colaprete began working on flight instrumentation while an undergraduate at the University of Colorado, where he developed spectrometers and imaging systems for the Space Shuttle Program, sounding rocket and small satellite missions. After receiving his PhD in Atmospheric, Planetary and Astrophysical Science from the University of Colorado, Dr. Colaprete was hired by NASA Ames to work as a postdoctoral researcher with the NASA Ames Mars General Circulation Modeling group. 


Dr. Colaprete has led or participated in several flight projects. He has served as the principal investigator and payload manager for the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) mission, and the principal investigator and instrument manager for the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) Ultraviolet-Visible Spectrometer (UVS) instrument. In 2017 Dr. Colaprete lead a Planetary Science Deep Space SmallSat Studies (PSDS3) mission concept study for a small satellite mission named Aeolus, a mission to directly measure the winds of Mars. Currently Dr. Colaprete is the principal investigator for the Near Infrared Volatile Spectrometer Subsystem (NIRVSS) instrument, one of thirteen recently selected NPLP instruments for flight on commercial lunar landers. Dr. Colaprete is also a co-investigator on the LunaH-Map Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1) CubeSat mission and the Mastcam-Z Mars 2020 instrument.