Amanda Hendrix

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Amanda R. Hendrix
AmandaHendrix CassiniPSG.jpg
Born (1968-05-21) May 21, 1968 (age 50)
Citizenship US
Alma mater California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
University of Colorado, Boulder
Known for ultraviolet spectroscopy
Awards JPL Lew Allen Award for Excellence, 2006
Scientific career
Fields planetary science, solar system astronomy
Institutions Planetary Science Institute
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, University of Colorado
Doctoral advisor Charles A. Barth

Amanda R. Hendrix (born 1968), Ph.D. is an American planetary scientist known for her pioneering studies of solar system bodies at ultraviolet wavelengths.[1][2] She is a senior scientist at the Planetary Science Institute. Her research interests include moon and asteroid surface composition, space weathering effects and radiation products.[3] She is a co-investigator on the Cassini UVIS instrument,[4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11] was a co-investigator on the Galileo UVS instrument, is a Participating Scientist on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter LAMP instrument[12] and is a Principal Investigator[13] on Hubble Space Telescope observing programs.

Before moving to PSI, Hendrix worked for 12 years at Jet Propulsion Laboratory in the Comets, Asteroids and Satellites Group. She was the Deputy Project Scientist[14][15] for the Cassini–Huygens mission (2010-2012).

Hendrix was a NASA astronaut candidate finalist in 2000.[16]

She received a B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering Sciences from the University of Colorado Boulder.

Awards and honors

Hendrix was awarded the Lew Allen Award for Excellence in 2006.[17] Asteroid 6813 Amandahendrix was named in her honor.[18] The official naming citation was published by the Minor Planet Center on 25 September 2018 (M.P.C. 111797).[19]

Media and Outreach

While at JPL, Hendrix wrote several blog posts on Cassini results[20] and participated in Cassini Scientist for a Day on several occasions.[21][22][23][24] Hendrix gave a Von Karman lecture (Enceladus: The newest wrinkle from Saturn's tiger-striped moon)[25] in Pasadena in 2008 and the Kepler lecture (Lunar Exploration: From the Apollo Era to the Future) at Mt. San Antonio College in 2013.[26] She has appeared on several episodes of the History Channel's The Universe[27] and the Discovery Channel's How the Universe Works. She spoke at the Griffith Observatory's Cassini Program in 2009[28] and has written for the Planetary Report[29]

Hendrix has taught undergraduate and graduate level courses at Cal Poly, Pomona, Mt. San Antonio College and University of Colorado Boulder.


  1. ^ Niebur, Susan. "Amanda Hendrix, Cassini/Huygens DPS". Women in Planetary Science: Female Scientists on Careers, Research, Space Science, and Work/Life Balance. Retrieved 2016-01-26.
  2. ^ "Google Scholar". Retrieved 2016-01-26.
  3. ^ "Exploration Stories: Favorite Historical Moments". Solar System Exploration. Retrieved 2016-01-21.
  4. ^ "Cassini Team Members". Cassini Solstice Mission. Retrieved 2016-01-21.
  5. ^ "Signs of Europa Plumes Remain Elusive in Search of Cassini Data". NASA/JPL. Retrieved 2016-01-21.
  6. ^ "NASA - Cassini Prepares to Fly by Walnut-Shaped Moon". Retrieved 2016-01-26.
  7. ^ "Spacecraft zips over Saturn's geyser-spurting moon". Retrieved 2016-01-26.
  8. ^ "Passing Saturn's geyser-spouting moon - Science - Specials -". Retrieved 2016-01-26.
  9. ^ Chang, Kenneth (2008-03-13). "Cassini Gets a Cool Shower From an Ice-Spewing Moon". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-01-26.
  10. ^ "Cassini Nears Strange Saturn Moon". Retrieved 2016-01-26.
  11. ^ "Jupiter Moon Europa's Giant Geysers Are Missing". Scientific American. Retrieved 2016-01-26.
  12. ^ "LAMP Educational Site".
  13. ^ "Hubble Cycle 22 Proposal Selection" (PDF).
  14. ^ "Saturn and its Largest Moon Reflect Their True Colors". NASA/JPL. Retrieved 2016-01-21.
  15. ^ "Oxygen found in atmosphere of Saturn's icy moon Dione by Cassini spacecraft". Mail Online. Retrieved 2016-01-26.
  16. ^ "NASA - Third Interview Group Begins Astronaut Selection Process". Retrieved 2016-01-31.
  17. ^ "Science and Technology: The Lew Allen Award for Excellence Recipients". Archived from the original on 2015-05-18. Retrieved 2016-01-26.
  18. ^ "6813 Amandahendrix (1978 VV9)". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 17 October 2018.
  19. ^ "MPC/MPO/MPS Archive". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 17 October 2018.
  20. ^ "JPL Blogs". Retrieved 2016-01-21.
  21. ^ "Cassini Scientist for a Day 2014". Cassini Solstice Mission. Retrieved 2016-01-21.
  22. ^ "Scientist for a Day - 11th Edition". Cassini Solstice Mission. Retrieved 2016-01-21.
  23. ^ "Scientist for a Day - 10th Edition". Cassini Solstice Mission. Retrieved 2016-01-21.
  24. ^ Universe Odyssey (2014-02-08), Cassini Scientist for a Day 2010, retrieved 2016-01-21
  25. ^ Universe Odyssey (2014-01-01), Enceladus: The Newest Wrinkle from Saturn's Tiger-Striped Moon, retrieved 2016-01-21
  26. ^ "Mt. San Antonio College | 2013 Kepler Lecture & Scholarship Awards Ceremony". Retrieved 2016-01-21.
  27. ^ "Amanda Hendrix". IMDb. Retrieved 2016-01-21.
  28. ^ NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (2010-01-06), Cassini's Roadmap to Saturn: An Evening with the Scientists (Lecture), retrieved 2016-01-21
  29. ^ "Amanda Hendrix". Retrieved 2016-01-21.
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