Planets and Moons  Earth  ID: 14261

Leaders in Lidar

In this series, we dive into the legacy of Goddard's lead role in developing laser altimetry, which has revolutionized the way we map our planet, the Moon and other planets. Each chapter looks at the successes and failures of these lidar instruments, beginning with the Mars Observer Laser Altimeter in the late 1980s, through the current generation of laser altimeters on ICESat-2 and GEDI. Through dozens of interviews and archival footage, the history, challenges and legacy of lidar are uncovered.

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Lead Producer:
Ryan Fitzgibbons (KBRwyle)

Technical Support:
Aaron E. Lepsch (ADNET Systems, Inc.)

Lead Narrator:
LK Ward (KBRwyle)

Lead Scientists:
Thomas A. Neumann (NASA/GSFC)
James Garvin (NASA, Chief Scientist Goddard)

Lead Editor:
Ryan Fitzgibbons (KBRwyle)

Lead Animator:
Ryan Fitzgibbons (KBRwyle)

Lead Interviewees:
David E. Smith (NASA/GSFC)
Xiaoli Sun (NASA/GSFC)
Scott Luthcke (NASA/GSFC)
Jan McGarry (NASA/GSFC)
James Abshire (NASA/GSFC)
Bryan Blair (NASA/GSFC)
Ralph Dubayah (University of Maryland)
Jay Zwally (NASA/GSFC)
Thomas A. Neumann (NASA/GSFC)

Lead Project Support:
LK Ward (KBRwyle)
Thomas A. Neumann (NASA/GSFC)
James Garvin (NASA, Chief Scientist Goddard)

Lead Videographers:
Michael McClare (KBR Wyle Services, LLC)
Rob Andreoli (AIMM)

Lead Writer:
Ryan Fitzgibbons (KBRwyle)

Lead Researcher:
Ryan Fitzgibbons (KBRwyle)

Jack L Bufton (GST)
John F. Cavanaugh (NASA/GSFC)
Joseph-Paul A. Swinski (NASA/GSFC)

Project Support:
David Lloyd Rabine (NASA/GSFC)
Kathryn Mersmann (KBR Wyle Services, LLC)

Greg Shirah (NASA/GSFC)
Kel Elkins (USRA)
Ernie Wright (USRA)
Alex Kekesi (Global Science and Technology, Inc.)

Susan Twardy (HTSI)
Chris Meaney (KBRwyle)

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NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

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