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    Lu Pan

    • Supervisor of Doctorate Candidates Supervisor of Master's Candidates
    • Name (English):Lu Pan
    • Name (Pinyin):Lu Pan
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    • Education Level:Postgraduate (Doctoral)
    • Degree:Doctoral Degree in Science
    • Alma Mater:California Institute of Technology
    • Discipline:Planetary Science and Exploration Technology,


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    A blue sunset on Mars filmed by Oppotunity Rover (credit:NASA/JPL)

         In the current era of planetary science, our observations extend far beyond the Earth-Moon system to not only distant objects in the Kuiper belt but also exoplanets near other stars. Regardless of distances and types of objects, our primary understanding of a planet's composition, surface environment, and evolutionary history is obtained from remotely sensing the planet's surface. Motivated by the fundamental questions of how a planet evolves and becomes habitable, I develop my research projects through the analysis of planetary surfaces with remote sensing data. My research projects span from the stratigraphy, aqueous environments to crustal structures and early impact records on Mars. Combining the analysis of spectroscopy data and the physical processes shaping planet's surfaces I was able to place new constraints on the evolution of the climate and geology of the red planet. In addition, I am also building a spectroscopy laboratory here at USTC to work on the intersection between the meteorite samples and the data from Mars exploration program to bridge the gap in understanding martian climate and geologic history.

    Educational Experience

    [1] 2012.10 -- 2017.7
    California Institute of Technology       Planetary Sciences       Postgraduate (Doctoral)       Doctoral degree

    [2] 2008.9 -- 2012.10
    Peking University       Geology       Undergraduate (Bachelor’s degree)       Bachelor's Degree

    Work Experience

    [1] 2022.11 -- Now
    中国科学技术大学      地球和空间科学学院      特任教授

    [2] 2023.2 -- Now
    深空探测实验室      深空科学研究院      研究员(双聘)

    [3] 2020.3 -- 2022.10
    University of Copenhagen      Center for Star and Planet Formation (StarPlan)      Postdoc

    [4] 2017.7 -- 2020.2
    University of Lyon      Laboratoire de Geologie de Lyon: Terre, Planetes, Environnement      Postdoc

    Social Affiliations

    [1] Session organizer for 2023 International Conference on Deep Space Sciences
    2023 Youth Editor 《Earth and Planetary Physics》
    Review for: NASA Solar System Workings (SSW),NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) Fellowship,Nature Communications, Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Icarus, Meteoritics & Planetary Science, Planetary and Space Sciences, European Journal of Mineralogy, Applied Clay Science, Remote Sensing, Science Bulletin China, Science China: Earth