Dr. Yang Liu

Dr. Yang Liu is a Planetary Scientist and Supervisor of the Planetary Geosciences Group at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory based in Pasadena, California, USA. She loves samples! Her research focuses on micron to nano-scale studies of planetary materials to understand the processes that shaped our planetary bodies. Dr. Liu’s contributions, using laboratory microbeam techniques, include the discovery of structurally bound water in lunar minerals and glasses, finding minerals deposited by lunar volcanic gas and fluid, outgassing or in-gassing of volatiles, discoveries of the first occurrences of rare earth phosphates and other minerals in martian meteorites. Dr. Liu currently serves as the US-Chair of the Mars Subcommittee in the Extraterrestrial Materials Assessment Group, and is a member of the Mars Sample Return Measurement Definition Team, the geology team for the Artemis III mission, and the PIXL team for the Mars 2020 mission.

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