The European Space Agency has selected Mark Brodwin, University of Missouri-Kansas City assistant professor of physics and astronomy, as one of its NASA-nominated science team members to participate in its Euclid mission.
NASA is a partner in Euclid, a space telescope designed to probe the mysteries of our “dark” universe. Scientists think dark energy might be responsible for stretching our universe apart at ever-increasing speeds — an observation that earned the Nobel Prize in 2011.
According to Brodwin, who is part of the 43-member group from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., the data will revolutionize cosmology and astronomy early in the next decade. No other scientist based in Kansas or Missouri is part of the team.
Euclid will launch in 2020 and spend six years mapping the locations and measuring the shapes of as many as 2 billion galaxies spread over more than one-third of the sky. The scientists will use Euclid to study dark matter and dark energy that influence changes in the universe in ways that are still poorly understood.
Before joining the UMKC faculty in 2011, Brodwin was a fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Prior to that, he was a NASA post-doctoral fellow at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
This semester at UMKC, Brodwin is teaching an introduction to astronomy laboratory course for non-majors and a cosmology course to seniors and graduate students. His research includes discovering galaxy clusters in the distant universe with infrared and radio techniques, and studying them using data from space telescopes, as well as telescopes located in Hawaii, Chile and at the South Pole.
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