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Craig Hardgrove

Assistant Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 6004
Biography: 

Craig Hardgrove joined ASU in 2015. He is the Principal Investigator (PI) of the LunaH-Map mission, the first planetary science mission designed, built and operated by ASU. He is also a participating scientist on the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons (DAN) team and PI of SINGR (Single Scintillator Neutron and Gamma-Ray Spectrometer) instrument development project. Prior to ASU, he was an assistant staff scientist with Malin Space Science Systems, MSL and CTX operations (2012-2013). 

Professor Hardgrove has experience working on many Mars rover and orbiter missions (MER Spirit and Opportunity, MSL Curiosity, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter-CTX, Mars-2020 Mastcam-Z). His research interests are in planetary geochemistry, specifically volatile abundances in the near-surface, as well as applications of infrared remote sensing on planetary surfaces to understand sedimentary processes. He is also working in small spacecraft (CubeSat) development, as well as in development of scientific instrumentation for future interplanetary CubeSat missions.

Education: 
  • Postdoctoral, ASU NewSpace Initiative director of research,  Arizona State University  (2013 - 2015) 
  • Postdoctoral, Infrared spectroscopy of microcrytalline phases, Stony Brook University (2011-2012)
  • Ph.D. Geology (Planetary Science), University of Tennessee 2011. Thesis: "Remote Sensing of Sediments and Volatiles on the Martian Surface and Terrestrial Analog Sites" 
  • B.S. Physics, Georgia Tech 2004
Research Interests: 

Neutron remote sensing and instrument development for applications to planetary science

Thermal infrared remote sensing (broadband imaging and microspectroscopy) of sedimentary rocks and features on Earth and Mars

Volatile evolution of planetary bodies in the near-surface

Research Group: 
Publications: 

Recent Publications

1.     T. Gabriel*, C. Hardgrove, C. Achilles, E. Rampe, W. Rapin, S. Nowicki, S. Czarnecki, L. Thompson, S. Nikiforo, M. Litvak, I. Mitrofanov, D. Lisov, J. Frydenvang, A. Yen, R. Wiens, A. Treiman, A. McAdam. On an extensive late groundwater event in Gale crater as indicated by water-rich fracture halos. JGR - Planets, submitted.

2.     J. F. Bell, J.N. Maki, G.L. Mehall, M.A Ravine, M.A. Caplinger, Z.J. Bailey, S. Brylow, J.A. Schaffner, K.M. Kinch, M.B. Madsen, A. Winhold, A.G. Hayes, P. Corlies, C. Tate, M. Barrington, E. Cisneros, E. Jensen, K. Paris, K. Crawford, C. Rojas, L. Mehall, J. Joseph, J.B. Proton, N. Cluff, R.G. Deen, B. Betts, E. Cloutis, A.J. Coates, A. Colaprete, K.S. Edgett, B.L. Ehlmann, S. Fagents, J.P. Grotzinger, C. Hardgrove, K.E. Herkenhoff, B. Horgan, R. Jaumann, R.J. Johnson, M. Lemmon, G. Paar, M. Caballo-Perucha, S. Gupta, C. Traxler, F. Preusker, M.S. Rice, M.S. Robinson, N. Schmitz, R. Sullivan, M.J. Wolff, The Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover Mast Camera Zoom (Mastcam-Z) Multispectral, Stereoscopic Imaging Investigation. Space Science Reviews, Volume 217, Issue 1, article id.24 Space Science Reviews, Volume 217, Issue 1, article id.24 (2021)

3.     C. Hardgrove, R. Starr, A. Babuscia, I. Lazbin, B. Roebuck, J. DuBois, N. Struebel, A. Colaprete, D. Drake, E. Johnson, J. Christian, L. Heffern, S. Stem, S. Parlapiano, M. Wiens, A. Genova, D. Dunham, D. Nelson, B. Williams, J. Bauman, P. Hailey, T. O'Brien, K. Marwah, L. Vlieger, J. Bell, and T. Prettyman. The Lunar Polar Hydrogen Mapper CubeSat Mission. IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine, vol. 35, no. 3, pp. 54-69, 1, doi: 10.1109/MAES.2019.2950747 (2020)

4.     S. West*, D. Beckman, D. Coupland, N. Dallmann, C. Hardgrove, K. Mesick, L. Stonehill. Compact readout of large CLYC scintillators with silicon photomultiplier arrays. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A, Vol. 951, 162928, doi.org/10.1016/j.nima.2019.162928, (2020)

5.     S. Czarnecki*, C. Hardgrove, P. Gasda, T. Gabriel, M. Starr, M. Rice, J. Frydenvang, R. Wiens, W. Rapin, S. Nikiforov, D. Lisov, M. Litvak, F. Calef, H. Gengl, H. E. Newsom, L. Thompson, S. Nowicki. Identification and description of a silicic volcaniclastic layer in Gale crater, Mars using active neutron interrogation. Journal of Geophysical Research - Planets, Volume 125, Issue 3, E2019JE006180 (2020)

6.     H. Kerner*, C. Hardgrove, S. Czarnecki, T. Gabriel, I. Mitrofanov, M. Litvak, A. Sanin, D. Lisov, Analysis of active neutron measurements from the Mars Science Laboratory Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons instrument: Intrinsic variability, outliers, and implications for future investigations. Journal of Geophysical Research – Planets, Volume 125, Issue 5, E2019JE006264 (2020)

7.     A.A. Fraeman, L.A. Edgar, E.B. Rampe, L.M. Thompson, J. Frydenvang, C.M. Fedo,  J.G. Catalano, W.E. Dietrich, T.S.J. Gabriel, A.R. Vasavada, J.P. Grotzinger, J. L'Haridon, N. Mangold, V.Z. Sun, C.H. House, A.B. Bryk, C. Hardgrove, S. Czarnecki,  K.M. Stack, R.V. Morris, R.E. Arvidson, S.G. Banham, K.A. Bennett, J.C. Bridges,  C.S. Edwards, W.W. Fischer, V.K. Fox, S. Gupta, B.H.N. Horgan, S.R. Jacob, J.R. Johnson,  S.S. Johnson, D.M. Rubin, M.R. Salvatore, S.P. Schwenzer, K.L. Siebach, N.T. Stein,  S.M.R. Turner, D.F. Wellington, R.C. Wiens, A.J. Williams, G. David, G.M. Wong. Evidence for a Diagenetic Origin of Vera Rubin Ridge, Gale Crater, Mars: Summary and Synthesis of Curiosity's Exploration Campaign. Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, Volume 125, Issue 12, article id. e06527 (2020)

8.     W. Rapin, B.L. Ehlmann, G. Dromart, J. Schieber, N.H. Thomas, W.W. Fischer, V.K. Fox, N.T. Stein, M. Nachon, B.C. Clark, L.C. Kah, L. Thompson, H.A. Meyer, T.S.J. Gabriel, C. Hardgrove, N. Mangold, F. Rivera-Hernandez, R.C. Wiens, A.R. Vasavada. An interval of high salinity in ancient Gale crater lake on Mars. Nature Geoscience, Volume 12, Issue 11, p.889-895 (2019)

9.     C.G. Tate,  J. Moersch, I. Mitrofanov, M. Litvak, P. Bellutta, W.V. Boynton, N. Cagle, B. Ehresmann, F. Fedosov, D. Golovin, C. Hardgrove,  K. Harshman, D.M. Hassler, I. Jun, A.S. Kozyrev, D. Lisov, A. Malakhov, M. Mischna, S. Nikiforov, A.B. Sanin, R. Starr, A. Vostrukhin, C. Zeitlin. Mars Science Laboratory Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons passive mode data and results from sols 753 to 1292: Pahrump Hills to Naukluft Plateau. Icarus, Volume 330, p. 75-90, (2019).

10.  T. S. J. Gabriel*, C. Hardgrove, S. Czarnecki  L. Rampe  W. Rapin  C. N. Achilles  D. Sullivan S. F. Nowicki  L. Thompson  M. Litvak  I. Mitrofanov  R. T. Downs, Water abundance of dunes in Gale crater, Mars from active neutron experiments & implications for amorphous phasesGeophysical Research Letters, DOI:10.1029/2018GL079045, (2018).

Research Activity: 
Fall 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
SES 100Introduction to Exploration
SES 492Honors Directed Study
SES 494Special Topics
SES 598Special Topics
SES 692Research
SES 792Research
SES 799Dissertation
Summer 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
GLG 584Internship
SES 692Research
SES 792Research
SES 799Dissertation
Spring 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
GLG 406Geology of Mars
SES 493Honors Thesis
GLG 598Special Topics
SES 692Research
SES 792Research
SES 799Dissertation
Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
SES 492Honors Directed Study
SES 692Research
SES 792Research
SES 799Dissertation
Summer 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
SES 692Research
SES 792Research
SES 799Dissertation
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
SES 493Honors Thesis
SES 591Seminar
SES 692Research
SES 792Research
SES 799Dissertation
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
SES 100Introduction to Exploration
SES 492Honors Directed Study
SES 494Special Topics
SES 598Special Topics
SES 692Research
SES 792Research
SES 799Dissertation
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
GLG 406Geology of Mars
SES 494Special Topics
SES 598Special Topics
GLG 598Special Topics
SES 692Research
SES 792Research
SES 799Dissertation
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
SES 100Introduction to Exploration
SES 592Research
SES 599Thesis
SES 692Research
SES 792Research
SES 799Dissertation
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
SES 692Research
SES 792Research
SES 799Dissertation
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
SES 494Special Topics
SES 591Seminar
SES 598Special Topics
SES 692Research
SES 792Research
SES 799Dissertation
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SES 100Introduction to Exploration
SES 692Research
SES 792Research
SES 799Dissertation
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SES 692Research
SES 792Research
SES 799Dissertation
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
AST 113Astronomy Laboratory I
AST 592Research
GLG 592Research
GLG 599Thesis
AST 692Research
SES 692Research
GLG 692Research
SES 792Research
GLG 792Research
AST 792Research
SES 799Dissertation
AST 799Dissertation
GLG 799Dissertation
Professional Associations: 

AGU

Service: 
  • Invited geology and planetary science lectures for environment artists at video game developer Bungie Studios (Jan. 2013, May 2014)
  • Phoenix Comicon Science Panelist (June 2014)

  • San Diego Air and Space Museum Space Day, MSSS Organizer and Volunteer (2013)

  • San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering, Volunteer (2013)

  • New York Academy of Sciences, Writing Associate (2012-2013)

  • National Academy of Sciences: Science and Entertainment Exchange, Consultant (2012 -

    present) 

  • NASA Review Panels: 2011-2015

  • Reviewer: JGR - Planets, JGR - Atmospheres, Meteoritics and Planetary Science, Icarus

  • AGU Session Chair: Planetary Sciences Section, 2011, 2013, 2015

  • Stony Brook University Postdoctoral Working Group, Committee Member

  • Science Correspondent on Guardian Radio (video game podcast)