I am a planetary scientist 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 (Curriculum vitae)
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, MASCOT, DART, Hera, MMX, with direct access to in-situ observations of asteroids and comets.
I currently lead or co-lead working groups in upcoming projects:
- "Near Environment" working group for Comet Interceptor (ESA)
- "Data Analysis" working group for Hera (ESA), where I am also the PI of the Asteroid Framing Cameras.
My work has led to new ideas on cometary activity, comet and asteroids surface evolution, crater morphology and physical properties of the regolith. (publications).
Dr. Jean-Baptiste Vincent