PS Planetary and Solar System Sciences
The 2014 Outstanding Student Poster (OSP) Award is awarded to Gregor Steinbrügge for the poster/PICO entitled:
Measuring Ganymede’s tidal deformation by laser altimetry: application to the GALA Experiment (Steinbrügge, G.; Hussmann, H.; Stark, A.; Oberst, J.)
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Gregor Steinbrügge is a PhD student at the Technical University of Berlin, Institute for Geodesy and Geoinformation Science. His thesis is done in collaboration with the Institute of Planetary Research of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Berlin, where he currently is located. His supervisors are Prof. Jürgen Oberst (TU Berlin, DLR) and Dr. Hauke Hussmann (DLR). He studied Physics at the Freie University Berlin and at the École normale supérieure in Lyon and obtained his Diploma of Physics at the Freie University in 2013. His current research is focused on laser altimetry for planetary missions. He is involved in the Bepi Colombo Laser Altimeter (BELA) experiment for Mercury and the development of the Ganymede Laser Altimeter (GALA) which is part of the payload for ESA’s L1 mission JUICE. The awarded poster discusses the capability of GALA to measure Ganymede’s tidal deformation, the expected accuracy of the measurement and the implications for the interior structure of the icy moon, in particular prospects for investigating the subsurface ocean on Ganymede.