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Martha Kusterer

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Software Engineer
  • M.S. , Biomedical Engineering and Mathematics
    1988, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • B.S., Biology
    1980, Grove City College, PA

Ms. Kusterer has been a science operation center (SOC) coordinator for Parker Solar Probe, SOC Lead and Ground System lead for multiple spacecraft instruments. She has an extensive background in multi-platform analysis, processing pipeline and science planning software design, development, automation, maintenance, documentation, data production and science team support as well as conducting team meetings and managing software development. Experience includes developing and operating science operations centers for the NASA missions of CASSINI/MIMI, IMAGE/HENA, New Horizons/PEPSSI and now Europa Clipper/PIMS. She has had an active role in spacecraft instrument operations, training and operations site administration.

Notable Awards and Leadership

Year(s) Description
2019 Parker Solar Probe Team won the NASA Silver Medal for Group Achievement and the AAS Neil Armstrong Spaceflight award
2020 Parker Solar Probe Mission Operations and Science Operation Center teams won the Explorer-Team Award

Scholarly Publications

Influence of Solar Disturbances on Galactic Cosmic Rays in the Solar Wind, Heliosheath, and Local Interstellar Medium: Advanced Composition Explorer, New Horizons, and Voyager Observations

The Astrophysical Journal, 2020
M. E. Hill, R. C. Allen, P. Kollmann, L. E. Brown, R. B. Decker, R. L. McNutt, S. M. Krimigis, G. B. Andrews, F. Bagenal, G. Clark, H. A. Elliott, S. E. Jaskulek, M. B. Kusterer, R. A. Leske, C. M. Lisse, R. A. Mewaldt, K. S. Nelson, J. D. Richardson, G. Romeo, N. A. Salazar, J. D. Vandegriff, E. A. Bernardoni, G. R. Gladstone, M. Horanyi, I. R. Linscott, K. N. Singer, A. J. Steffl, M. E. Summers, H. B. Throop, L. A. Young, C. B. Olkin, J. Wm. Parker, J. R. Spencer, S. A. Stern, A. J. Verbiscer, H. A. Weaver, (2020), Influence of Solar Disturbances on Galactic Cosmic Rays in the Solar Wind, Heliosheath, and Local Interstellar Medium: Advanced Composition Explorer, New Horizons, and Voyager Observations, The Astrophysical Journal, 905, 1, 69, https://doi.org/10.3847/1538-4357/abb408

Pluto's Interaction With Energetic Heliospheric Ions

Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 2019
P. Kollmann, M. E. Hill, R. C. Allen, R. L. McNutt, L. E. Brown, N. P. Barnes, P. Delamere, G. Clark, G. B. Andrews, N. Salazar, J. Westlake, G. Romeo, J. Vandegriff, M. Kusterer, D. Smith, K. Nelson, S. Jaskulek, R. B. Decker, A. F. Cheng, S. M. Krimigis, C. M. Lisse, D. G. Mitchell, H. A. Weaver, H. A. Elliott, E. Fattig, G. R. Gladstone, P. W. Valek, S. Weidner, J. Kammer, F. Bagenal, M. Horanyi, D. Kaufmann, A. Harch, C. B. Olkin, M. R. Piquette, J. R. Spencer, L. A. Young, K. Ennico, M. E. Summers, S. A. Stern, (2019), Pluto's Interaction With Energetic Heliospheric Ions, Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 124, 9, 7413--7424, https://doi.org/10.1029/2019ja026830

Suprathermal Ions in the Outer Heliosphere

The Astrophysical Journal, 2019
Peter Kollmann, M. E. Hill, R. L. McNutt, L. E. Brown, R. C. Allen, G. Clark, B. Andrews, N. Salazar, J. Westlake, G. Romeo, J. Vandegriff, M. Kusterer, D. Smith, S. Jaskulek, R. Decker, A. F. Cheng, S. M. Krimigis, C. M. Lisse, D. G. Mitchell, H. A. Weaver, P. Delamere, H. A. Elliott, E. Fattig, G. R. Gladstone, P. W. Valek, S. Weidner, F. Bagenal, M. Horányi, J. A. Kammer, D. Kaufmann, C. B. Olkin, M. R. Piquette, J. R. Spencer, A. J. Steffl, S. A. Stern, L. A. Young, K. Ennico, I. R. Linscott, D. F. Strobel, M. E. Summers, J. R. Szalay, (2019), Suprathermal Ions in the Outer Heliosphere, The Astrophysical Journal, 876, 1, 46, https://doi.org/10.3847/1538-4357/ab125f

The Solar Probe Plus Mission: Humanity’s First Visit to Our Star

Space Science Reviews, 2015
N. J. Fox, M. C. Velli, S. D. Bale, R. Decker, A. Driesman, R. A. Howard, J. C. Kasper, J. Kinnison, M. Kusterer, D. Lario, M. K. Lockwood, D. J. McComas, N. E. Raouafi, A. Szabo, (2015), The Solar Probe Plus Mission: Humanity's First Visit to Our Star, Space Science Reviews, 204, 1-4, 7--48, https://doi.org/10.1007/s11214-015-0211-6

The Pluto Energetic Particle Spectrometer Science Investigation (PEPSSI) on the New Horizons Mission

Space Science Reviews, 2009
Ralph L. McNutt, Stefano A. Livi, Reid S. Gurnee, Matthew E. Hill, Kim A. Cooper, G. Bruce Andrews, Edwin P. Keath, Stamatios M. Krimigis, Donald G. Mitchell, Barry Tossman, Fran Bagenal, John D. Boldt, Walter Bradley, William S. Devereux, George C. Ho, Stephen E. Jaskulek, Thomas W. LeFevere, Horace Malcom, Geoffrey A. Marcus, John R. Hayes, G. Ty Moore, Nikolaos P. Paschalidis, Mark E. Perry, Bruce D. Williams, Paul Wilson, Lawrence E. Brown, Martha B. Kusterer, Jon D. Vandegriff, (2009), The Pluto Energetic Particle Spectrometer Science Investigation (PEPSSI) on the New Horizons Mission, Space Science Reviews, 145, 3-4, 381--381, https://doi.org/10.1007/s11214-009-9534-5

The Pluto Energetic Particle Spectrometer Science Investigation (PEPSSI) on the New Horizons Mission

Space Science Reviews, 2008
Ralph L. McNutt, Stefano A. Livi, Reid S. Gurnee, Matthew E. Hill, Kim A. Cooper, G. Bruce Andrews, Edwin P. Keath, Stamatios M. Krimigis, Donald G. Mitchell, Barry Tossman, Fran Bagenal, John D. Boldt, Walter Bradley, William S. Devereux, George C. Ho, Stephen E. Jaskulek, Thomas W. LeFevere, Horace Malcom, Geoffrey A. Marcus, John R. Hayes, G. Ty Moore, Mark E. Perry, Bruce D. Williams, Paul Wilson, Lawrence E. Brown, Martha B. Kusterer, Jon D. Vandegriff, (2008), The Pluto Energetic Particle Spectrometer Science Investigation (PEPSSI) on the New Horizons Mission, Space Science Reviews, 140, 1-4, 315--385, https://doi.org/10.1007/s11214-008-9436-y

Energetic electrons injected into Saturn's neutral gas cloud

Geophysical Research Letters, 2007
C. Paranicas, D. G. Mitchell, E. C. Roelof, B. H. Mauk, S. M. Krimigis, P. C. Brandt, M. Kusterer, F. S. Turner, J. Vandegriff, N. Krupp, (2007), Energetic electrons injected into Saturn's neutral gas cloud, Geophysical Research Letters, 34, 2, https://doi.org/10.1029/2006gl028676

Energetic Particles in the Jovian Magnetotail

Science, 2007
R. L. McNutt, D. K. Haggerty, M. E. Hill, S. M. Krimigis, S. Livi, G. C. Ho, R. S. Gurnee, B. H. Mauk, D. G. Mitchell, E. C. Roelof, D. J. McComas, F. Bagenal, H. A. Elliott, L. E. Brown, M. Kusterer, J. Vandegriff, S. A. Stern, H. A. Weaver, J. R. Spencer, J. M. Moore, (2007), Energetic Particles in the Jovian Magnetotail, Science, 318, 5848, 220--222, https://doi.org/10.1126/science.1148025

Dynamics of Saturn's Magnetosphere from MIMI During Cassini's Orbital Insertion

Science, 2005
S. M. Krimigis, (2005), Dynamics of Saturn's Magnetosphere from MIMI During Cassini's Orbital Insertion, Science, 307, 5713, 1270--1273, https://doi.org/10.1126/science.1105978

Galileo/EPD user guide

Peter Kollmann, Christopher Paranicas, A Lagg, Elias Roussos, Z H Lee-Payne, M Kusterer, D Smith, Norbert Krupp, J Vandegriff, (2020), Galileo/EPD user guide, https://doi.org/10.1002/essoar.10503620.1