Complex Research Laboratory for Extraterrestrial Territories
This laboratory was established as part of a scientific research project supported with a monetary grant awarded by the Government of the Russian Federation under a grant competition designed to provide governmental support to scientific research projects implemented under the supervision of the world's leading scientists at Russian institutions of higher learning, research institutions of the governmental academies of sciences and governmental research centers of the Russian Federation (Resolution of the RF Government No.220 of April 9, 2010).
Host institution of higher learning:
State educational institution of higher professional education "Moscow State University of Geodesy and Cartography"
Scientific research area:
Space research and technologies
1. To develop new technologies of cartographic and geodesic support of planetary research;
2. To ensure a high level of training of young researchers.
Key project objectives:
1. To develop and improve a methodological research base and raise additional funding for that purpose;
2. To implement collaborative scientific research programs with Russian and international organizations, foundations, and educational institutions.
Anticipated project outputs:
1. The project will help establish a competitive state-of-the-art scientific research laboratory capable of catalyzing modernization processes at the university and in the industry upon the whole;
2. The project will help create competitive products (models, methods, algorithms, maps, and software products) that can be used in space exploration and popularization of scientific research activities in this field.
Leading scientist's full name: Oberst, Jurgen Peter
Academic degree and title:
Doctor of sciences, professor
Head of the Department of planetary geodesy at the Institute of Planetary Research of the German Aerospace Center; professor of planetary geodesy and geoinformation sciences at the Technical University of Berlin.
Field of scientific interests:
1. Research in planetary geodesy, geophysics, photogrammetry, and cartography.
2. Analysis and interpretation of celestial body images and application of remote sensing data obtained within the solar system in geophysics, geodesy, and cartography.
- Member of the working group on cartographic coordinates and spin elements of celestial bodies of the International Astronomical Union;
- Member of international working groups on cartography and Mars exploration;
- Participant of scientific programs involving analysis and processing of data acquired by the spacecraft "Viking", "Voyager", "Galileo", "Clementine", "Mars Pathfinder", as well as modern missions to Mars ("Mars Express"), Mercury ("Messenger"), and the Moon ("Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter") for the purpose of advancement of local survey points and digital terrain models and ortho-images of various planetary bodies;
- Author of more than 100 publications.