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Written by Holyoke Enterprise   

NASA is celebrating their 50th anniversary this year, and the Wray Museum is excited to host a program on Tuesday, Oct. 6 as part of their Advancements in the Atomic Age after school program series.

Wray native, Douglas W. Ming (JSC-K111) who will present, works for NASA. He will present a program for the students of the Wray School District and a program at 7 p.m. for the community.

The topic will be on the Mars Robotic Missions and field research he conducted on the volcanoes in Hawaii, Rio Tinto in Spain, Antarctica Dry Valleys and Svalbard, Norway.

Ming, a 1974 Wray graduate, received a Bachelor of Science degree in Agronomy from CSU in 1979 and in 1981 he received his Master of Science degree in Soil Science. In 1985 he received a Doctorate of Philosophy in Soil Science from Texas A&M. He held a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship from 1986-1987 at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

He has been employed by NASA since 1987, and serves as the manager for the Human Exploration Science office within the Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science Directorate at Johnson Space Center.

He oversees NASA’s Orbital Debris Program, Hypervelocity Impact Technology Facility, Image Science and Analysis Group, Crew Earth Observations for the Space Shuttle and International Space Station programs and Human Exploration Science for future missions to the moon and Mars. He is a co-investigator on the science teams for the Mars Exploration Rovers Mission, the Mars Phoenix Scout Mission and upcoming 2011 Mars Science Laboratory.

Ming has served on numerous NASA advisory committees and held elected positions in professional societies including President of the International Natural Zeolite Association and Chair of the Soil Mineralogy Division for the Soil Science Society of America where he was awarded the 2005 Marion L. & Chrystie M. Jackson Soil Science Award. He was a member of the Mars Exploration Rover Science Team and awarded the 2007 Sir Arthur Clarke Award for Best Team Achievement and was a National Rotary Foundation Stellar Award nominee in 1997. He has been the recipient of over 40 NASA awards, including a finalist for Invention of the Year Award in 1999.

He has published over 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals including 23 in Science and Nature, over 25 peer-reviewed chapters and over 25 technical articles.

He has presented over 80 invited talks at museums, universities and scientific conferences and over 300 contributed presentations at national and international science conferences. He has edited three books and invented two U.S. and three International patents.