mars covered glacial deposits middle latitudes


Yosio Nakamura


Institute for Geophysics/Jackson School of Geosciences

My main interest is in internal structure and dynamics of planetary bodies, primarily based on seismic observations. This started as a member of the Apollo Passive Seismic Experiment team in the late 1960s to 1970s, continued on to Mars through the Viking project in the mid 1970s, and after a long lapse in such missions, now actively participating in planning of future missions. The Apollo lunar seismic data, which we made a careful effort to restore and preserve nearly two decades ago, are also attracting renewed interest recently, as highly capable computing facilities became available to extract new information from them. Although I am now officially retired, I plan to continue this line of effort, helping young talent to advance understanding of our planetary neighbors.