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Patrick Peplowski

  • Nuclear Physicist


  • Applied Physics Lab

Patrick Peplowski is an experimental nuclear physicist specializing in nuclear (gamma-ray and neutron) spectroscopy of solar system objects, fundamental nuclear physics, and radiation transport modeling.

His spaceflight mission experience includes development and operation of gamma-ray and neutron spectroscopy instruments on MESSENGER, Dawn, Psyche, MMX, and Dragonfly. He is the Principal Investigator for grants awarded under NASA's Planetary Mission Data Analysis Program (PMDAP), Mars Data Analysis Program (MDAP), and Discovery Data Analysis Program (DDAP).

Peplowski's planetary science research is focused is the elemental composition of Mercury, the Moon, and small solar-system objects (asteroids 433 Eros, 4 Vesta, 16 Psyche, and Mars' moons).

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Dark Planet
Why is Mercury so dark?
Published March 10, 2016
APL scientists believe carbon may explain planetary puzzle

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