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Kent Hall of Fame Class of 2013: Don Hassler

Published: March 16, 2014 4:00 AM
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A 1980 Roosevelt graduate, Don Hassler is an international leader in space science and exploration. He has more than 25 years experience in all aspects of space instrument and mission development and has been the Principal Investigator on research projects for NASA and the European Space Agency. In preparation for future human exploration of Mars, Hassler developed the Radiation Assessment Detector for NASA's Curiosity rover, which landed on Mars in 2012. His research in space science also includes developing the SPICE imaging spectrograph for the Solar Orbiter mission to explore the center of the solar system. He also develops and tests new space instrumentation as part of the NASA sounding rocket program. A graduate of Kenyon College, Hassler received his doctoral degree from the University of Colorado. He serves as Director of the Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale in Orsay, France and part-time Science Program Director at Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado.

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