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   Michael ('Mike') Malin
   President and Chief Scientist
Malin Space Science Systems
San Diego, California
United States Of America
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High School: Ulysses S. Grant High School, Van Nuys,  CA
A.B., Physics, University of California at Berkeley
Ph.D., Geology and Planetary Science, California Institute of Technolgy

Background Information
I am a native Californian- born (in Burbank, a suburb of Los Angeles, at a hospital right across the street from the Walt Disney Studios), raised (in North Hollywood, Studio City, and Van Nuys, all in the San Fernando Valley north of LA), and educated (at Berkeley and Caltech). I have only lived outside the state once, for 11 years when I taught at Arizona State University in Tempe (a suburb of Phoenix). I moved back to California after I left ASU in May 1991. Today, I live near the ocean in La Jolla, California, a suburb of San Diego. The offices of my company, Malin Space Science Systems, are nearby.

Contributions to Mars Exploration

I am the Principal Investigator on two proposals that were submitted in response to the 2007 Mars Scout announcement of opportunity. One proposal requests NASA support to fly the MARCI (Mars Color Imager) wide angle camera on the French Mars Orbiter 2007 mission, so that we can study cloud motions from two times of day to track wind motions. [more contributions ...]
Personal Reflections

content image for personal reflections section There is a real danger in having a job that is as much fun as mine: I am "addicted" to my work. I don't have any hobbies, since my job lets me do many things I might otherwise do as a hobby (for example, I make computer animations and go hiking and camping). [more personal reflections ...]