Jack LISSAUER

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Jack Lissauer

Jack Jonathan Lissauer is a space scientist in the Space Science and Astrobiology Division, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif. He is a science co-investigator on the Kepler space telescope mission. NASA’s Kepler spacecraft will search for Earth-size planets orbiting distant stars following its scheduled 2009 launch. Lissauer is a Consulting Professor at Stanford, teaching advanced-level classes in planetary sciences and astrobiology.

Lissauer’s research interests include planetary astrophysics; planet and star formation; detection of extra-solar planets; assessing the abundance of habitable planets; rotation of planets and comets; craters on planets and moons; circumstellar disks (disks that revolve around stars); resonances and chaos (gravitational interactions among planets that can change their orbits); and planetary rings and moons.

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