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The University of Texas at Austin, Center for Space Research was established in 1981 under the direction of Dr. Byron D. Tapley. The mission of the Center is to conduct research in orbit determination, space geodesy, the Earth and its environment, exploration of the solar system, as well as expanding the scientific applications of space systems data.

Results of CSR's research have provided solutions to questions associated with fishery, agriculture, mapping ocean circulation, improving models of the Earth's gravity field, environmental impacts of oil spills, oil exploration and drilling operations, and weather forecasting.

Mike Watkins

Mike Watkins. Credit: NASA-JPL

NASA Leader Returning to UT Austin to Head Center for Space Research

The NASA mission leader responsible for the operations of the Curiosity rover that landed on Mars in 2012, Michael Watkins, is returning to his roots at The University of Texas at Austin as the next director of the Center for Space Research (CSR) at the Cockrell School of Engineering.

Watkins has worked at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) for 22 years and currently oversees the JPL Science Division. In addition to planning and overseeing the Curiosity mission operations and managing its exploration on the Martian surface, Watkins has led various teams for many of NASA's most high-profile missions, including the Cassini, Mars Odyssey and Deep Impact probes as well as the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) and the GRACE Follow-On mission. Watkins will continue his work on the GRACE and GRACE Follow-On missions through CSR, which has been a key player in these satellite projects.

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