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Nancy Chabot

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Planetary Scientist
  • Ph.D., Planetary Science
    1999, University of Arizona
  • BA., Physics
    1994, Rice University

Dr. Nancy L. Chabot is the Planetary Chief Scientist at APL. She is a planetary scientist whose research focuses on understanding the formation and evolution of rocky planetary bodies in our Solar System. At APL, she oversees the Meteorite Lab, which is used to conduct geochemical experiments and investigate meteorites and other extraterrestrial materials. She has been a member of five field teams with the Antarctic Search for Meteorites (ANSMET) program and is a Fellow of the Meteoritical Society. On NASA’s MESSENGER mission, she served as the Instrument Scientist for the Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS) and the Chair of the Geology Discipline Group. Currently, she is the Coordination Lead on NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission, the Deputy PI for the Mars-moon Exploration with GAmma rays and NEutrons (MEGANE) instrument on the JAXA Martian Moons eXploration (MMX) mission, and an Interdisciplinary Scientist on the joint ESA-JAXA BepiColombo mission. Asteroid 6899 Nancychabot is named in her honor.

Researcher ID: F-5384-2015

ORCID ID: 0000-0001-8628-3176

Notable Awards and Leadership

Year(s) Description
2018 Fellow of The Meteoritical Society
2013-2016 NASA Small Bodies Assessment Group (SBAG) Chair
2013-2016 NASA Planetary Science Subcommittee member
2007-2015 Associate Editor for the journal Meteoritics and Planetary Science
2010-2014 Meteoritical Society Council member
2006 Asteroid 6899 Nancychabot named in honor
2001 United States Antarctica Service Medal