Vol 10, No 8 (2010)

Pascal Rosenblatt & Veronique Dehant

Posted: Apr 01, 2022

Pascal Rosenblatt

Contact Information

3, Avenue Circulaire, 1180 Bruxelles, Belgium
Tel: +32 23 732 730
Fax: +32 23 749 822
Email: pascal.rosenblatt@oma.be

Brief Introduction:

  • Pascal Rosenblatt was born in Paris in 1966.

  • He studied mathematics and physics at the Paul Sabatier University in Toulouse, France, and he obtained his master degree in 1989.

  • He obtained his PhD in comparative planetology in 1995 in the same university.

  • Then, he studied again geology and geophysics of terrestrial planets during his post-doc activities (1996-98), including a three-month visit at Prof. J. Head’s laboratory in Brown University, Providence, USA.

  • Since 2001, he is responsible at ROB for radio-tracking data processing of planetary probes (using the GINS software). He is an expert in Precise Orbit Determination (POD) of spacecraft orbiting around planet and in retrieval of geophysical parameters of the planet from the POD.

  • Since 2009, he is Co-I on the Mars Express (MEX) Radioscience experiment (MaRs) and on the Venus Express (VEX) radio-science experiment (VeRa). He is in charge of improving the determinations of the time variable Martian gravity field and of determining the gravity field of the Martian moons Phobos and Deimos, using the radio-tracking data of MEX as well as Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) and Mars Odyssey spacecraft (ODY) and Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO). His work also aims at determining the density of the high atmosphere of Venus, using the tracking data of VEX.

  • Since 2009, he is senior scientist and supervises the works, performed at ROB, which deals with present or future tracking data of planetary orbiter or Lander on planetary surface.

  • Since 2009, he is also teaching geophysics of planetary interior at the Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) and since 2010 he is member of the Belgian National Committee of Geodesy and Geophysics.

  • He is currently (July 2010) author/co-author of 161 communications in international meetings and of 16 publications in peer reviewed journals.

Véronique Dehant

Contact Information

3, Avenue Circulaire, 1180 Bruxelles, Belgium
Tel: +32 23 730 266
Fax: +32 23 749 822
Email: v.dehant@oma.be

Brief Introduction

  • Véronique Dehant was born in Brussels in 1959 and studied mathematics and physics at the Catholic University of Louvain (UCL), Belgium.

  • She obtained her PhD and her tenure in the same university, respectively in 1986 and 1992. She worked at that time on the rotation and the Earth's interior and made a fine modeling and calculation of tides and nutation.

  • She was first (1981-1992) Researcher at the National Funds for Scientific Research (FNRS).

  • She then worked as a researcher at the Royal Observatory of Belgium (1993-present) and became in 1994 Head of the section "Time, Earth Rotation and Space Geodesy".

  • During this period she also became interested in the rotation, tides, and gravity field of other planets such as Mars, Mercury and Venus. She was then involved as Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator or of Co-Investigator of several radioscience experiments:

    • LaRa, Lander Radioscience experiment, AURORA/ExoMars mission to Mars, 2006-2010;

    • NEIGE, Mars Netlander Ionosphere and Geodesy Experiment, 1997-2003;

    • SEIS, Seismology experiment on the Martian NetLander mission, 1997-2003;

    • MaRS, Mars Express Radio Science Experiment, 2003-present;

    • VeRa, Venus Express Radio Science Experiment, 2005-present;

    • MORE, Mercury Orbiter Radioscience Experiment of the BepiColombo mission to Mercury, 2006-present;

    • BeLA, BepiColombo Laser Altimeter 2006-present.

  • She was also awarded with several prizes, including the Descartes Prize of the European Union and has taken several international responsibilities at President level such as:

    • President and President-elect of the "Geodesy" Section of the American Geophysical Union, 2000-2004;

    • President of Commission 3 on "Geodynamics and Earth Rotation" of the International Association of Geodesy, 2003-2007;

    • President of Commission 19 on "Earth Rotation" of the International Astronomical Union, 2003-2006;

    • President of the Belgian National Committee of Geodesy and Geophysics, 2006-2008;

    • President of several international working groups.

    • She was recently (2010) awarded as Member of the Royal Academy of Belgium (Science Class).

    • She is also involved in two advisory committees of ESA Earth Observation (Earth Science Advisory Committee ESAC) and for science and planetary exploration (Exploration, Science and Technology Advisory Group, ESTAG).

  • She is currently (September 2009) author of 312 publications, including 118 in peer reviewed journals. Her main present scientific interest is comparative planetary interior and rotation. She becomes very interested in Mars and involved in space exploration to Mars, one of the major targets of the next decade for planetary geodesy in the future.