Asteroid Impact: An Evening with Dr. Elena Adams, DART Mission Systems Engineer

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Dr. Elena Adams, Mission Systems and Spacecraft Systems Engineer for the Double Asteroid Redirect Mission (DART) and a member of the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory’s Principal Professional Staff, will give a talk titled “Asteroid Impact: An Evening with Elena Adams, DART Mission Systems Engineer” with Q&A to follow. Dr. Kevin Lewis, Associate Professor in the Morton K. Blaustein Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences will moderate. This event is part of the countdown to the DART impact on September 26th.  For more on DART and other ways to join in the festivities, visit and Host your Own Planetary Defenders Watch Party for DART!

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ABOUT Dr. Elena Adams
Program Manager and DART Mission Systems Engineer at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Elena Adams is the Mission Systems and the Spacecraft Systems Engineer for the Double Asteroid Redirect Mission (DART), which is scheduled for impact on September 26, 2022, and a member of APL’s Principal Professional Staff. As a postdoctoral researcher, she worked on the Microwave Radiometer (MWR) instrument for NASA’s Juno mission. Since coming to APL, Dr. Adams has served as an instrument systems engineer for the Van Allen Probes, an instrument scientist for the ExoMars Mars Organic Molecule Analyzer (MOMA) instrument, the Deputy Project Systems Engineer for the Europa Clipper mission, and the Payload Systems Engineer for the Parker Solar Probe mission. She has worked with NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office on a survey study of near-Earth objects and with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on the future of space-based architectures. She was a Principal Investigator for multiple new technology grants from NASA, including projects to develop a low-gravity hopper for asteroids (the Planetary Object Geophysical Observer, or POGO) and a sampling system for Enceladus plumes (the Enceladus Funnel, or EFun). Dr. Adams serves on the NASA Small Bodies Assessment Group steering committee as a technology lead and is a member of Standing Review Board for NASA’s Near-Earth Object Surveillance Mission (NEOSM). She has a B.S. in applied mathematics from the University of Virginia and an M.S. and Ph.D. in atmospheric, oceanic, and space sciences and an M.E. in space systems from the University of Michigan.

ABOUT Dr. Kevin Lewis
Associate Professor, Morton K. Blaustein Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences

Kevin Lewis researches problems in planetary geophysics, from the scale of a grain of sand all the way up to the crust of a planet. He has worked in depth on the nature of sedimentary rocks of Mars, and what they might record about that planet's past climate and habitability.  He is also interested in understanding the large-scale properties of planetary lithospheres using magnetic, gravity, and topography data sets.  

 Event Date
Thursday, September 15, 2022
Start Time: 5:00pm EDT


Hodson Hall, Room 310
Baltimore, MD 21218

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