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

1. Thermal Emission Spectroscopy of Microcrystalline Sediment Phases: Effects of Natural Surface Roughness on Spectral Feature Shape, Craig Hardgrove, A. Deanne Rogers, Tim Glotch, and J. A. Arnold, in press.

2. Thermal infrared and Raman microspectroscopy of moganite-bearing rocks, Craig Hardgrove and A. Deanne Rogers, American Mineralogist, Vol. 98, pp.78-84, (2013).

3. Effects of geochemical composition on neutron die-away measurements: Implications for Mars Science Laboratory’s Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons instrument. Craig Hardgrove, Jeff Moersch, Darrell Drake, Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research A, 659, pp. 442-455, (2011).

4. Thermal Imaging of Sedimentary Features on Alluvial Fans, Craig Hardgrove, Jeffrey E. Moersch, Stephen Whisner, Planetary and Space Science, Vol. 58, pp. 482-508, (2010).

5. Thermal Imaging of Alluvial Fans; A New Technique for Remote Classification of Sedimentary Features, Craig Hardgrove, Jeffrey E. Moersch, Stephen Whisner, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Vol. 285, pp. 124-130, (2009).

6. Transient Liquid Water and Water Activity at Gale Crater on Mars, F. Javier Martin-Torres, Maria-Paz Zorzano, Patricia Valentin-Serrano, Ari-Matti Harri, Maria Genzer, Osku Kemppinen, Edgard G. Rivera-Valentin, Insoo Jun, James Wray, Morten Bo Madsen, Walter Goetz, Alfred S. McEwen, Craig Hardgrove, Nilton Renno, Vincent F. Chevrier, Michael Mischna, Rafael Navarro-Gonzalez, Jesus Martinez-Frias, Pamela Conrad, Tim McConnochie, Charles Cockell, Gilles Berger, Ashwin R. Vasavada, Dawn Sumner and David Vaniman, Nature - Geoscience, Vol. 8, 357-361 doi:10.1038/ngeo2412 (2015)

7. Water and chlorine content in the Martian soil along the first 1900 m of the Curiosity rover traverse as estimated by the DAN instrument, I.G. Mitrofanov, M.L. Litvak, A. Sanin, R. Starr, D.I. Lisov, R.O. Kuzmin, A. Behar, W.V. Boynton, C. Hardgrove, K. Harshman, I. Jun, R.E. Milliken, M.A. Mischna, J.E Moersch, C.G. Tate, Journal of Geophysical Research - Planets, Vol. 119, 7, 1579-1596 (2014).

8. Local Variations of Bulk Hydrogen and Chlorine-Equivalent Neutron Absorption Content Measured at the Contact Between the Sheepbed and Gillespie Lake Units in Yellowknife Bay, Gale Crater, Using the DAN Instrument Onboard Curiosity, M.L. Litvak, I.G. Mitrofanov, A.B. Sanin, D. Lisov, A. Behar, W.V. Boynton, L. Deflores, F. Fedosov, D. Golovin, C. Hardgrove, K. Harshman, I. Jun, A.S. Kozyrev, R.O. Kuzmin, A. Malakhov, R. Milliken, M. Mischna, J. Moersch, M. Mokrousov, S. Nikiforov, V.N. Shvetsov, K. Stack, R. Starr, C. Tate, V.I. Tret’yakov, A. Vostrukhin and the MSL Team, Journal of Geophysical Research - Planets, Vol. 119 (2014). 

Research Activity

Courses

Summer 2018
Course Number Course Title
SES 692 Research
SES 792 Research
SES 799 Dissertation
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
SES 494 Special Topics
SES 591 Seminar
SES 598 Special Topics
SES 692 Research
SES 792 Research
SES 799 Dissertation
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
SES 100 Introduction to Exploration
SES 692 Research
SES 792 Research
SES 799 Dissertation
Summer 2017
Course Number Course Title
SES 692 Research
SES 792 Research
SES 799 Dissertation
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
AST 113 Astronomy Laboratory I
AST 592 Research
GLG 592 Research
GLG 599 Thesis
AST 692 Research
SES 692 Research
GLG 692 Research
SES 792 Research
GLG 792 Research
AST 792 Research
SES 799 Dissertation
AST 799 Dissertation
GLG 799 Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
SES 494 Special Topics
GLG 592 Research
SES 598 Special Topics
GLG 599 Thesis
AST 692 Research
GLG 692 Research
SES 692 Research
SES 792 Research
GLG 792 Research
AST 792 Research
SES 799 Dissertation
AST 799 Dissertation
GLG 799 Dissertation
Summer 2016
Course Number Course Title
GLG 799 Dissertation

Professional Associations

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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)