I am a planetary scientist (CV) working with space missions and ground based observations of Solar System objects.
I am currently based at the DLR Institute of Planetary Research in Berlin, Germany.
My research focuses on the evolution of asteroid and comets, through studies of their surface properties and activity. These objects are remnants from the early age of our Solar System, the bricks that form planets, and perhaps the source of water and organic material on our Earth.
Observations only give us access to their current surface, which has been heavily processed for billions of years. Understanding this evolution and the physical processes responsible is the key to decipher the formation and evolution of the Solar System.
I am Co-Investigator of several space missions: Rosetta, Dawn, CAESAR, AIDA (DART+Hera), MASCOT, MMX, with direct access to a wealth of in situ observations of asteroids and comets.
I also collaborate with many colleagues around the world, through several projects:
- I lead an ISSI team looking at the outcome of collisions inthe Early Outer Solar System.
- I lead the "Near Environment" science theme for Comet Interceptor (ESA)
- I co-lead the "Data Analysis" working group for Hera (ESA), and amresponsible for the scientific activities of the Asteroid FramingCameras on that mission.
My work has led to new ideas on cometary activity, comet and asteroids surface evolution, crater morphology and physical properties of the regolith.
Dr. Jean-Baptiste Vincent