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Brett Denevi




Brett Denevi is a planetary geologist at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. Her research focuses on the origin and evolution of planetary surfaces, particularly the history of volcanism, the effects of impact cratering, and space weathering.

She has been a member of numerous NASA mission teams including the MESSENGER mission to Mercury, the Dawn mission at asteroid Vesta, and four ongoing or upcoming missions to the Moon: deputy principal investigator of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera, co-investigator on NASA’s ShadowCam instrument on the Korean Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter, instrument lead for the cameras on Lunar Vertex (to land at Reiner Gamma) and co-investigator on Lunar-VISE (to land on the Gruithuisen Domes).

Denevi served on the Steering Group of the recent Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey and as Vice Chair for the Panel on the Moon and Mercury, is the Science Chair of NASA’s Lunar Exploration Analysis Group and served as the Lunar Science Lead for the Lunar Surface Innovation Initiative. She is the recipient of a NASA Early Career Fellowship, the NASA/SSERVI Coradini Mid-Career Award, seven NASA group achievement awards, and asteroid 9026 Denevi was named in her honor.