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Julia de León

Julia de León

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Dr. Julia de León holds a PhD in Astrophysics from the University of La Laguna in her home town of Tenerife in the Canary Islands, Spain. She has 10 years of postdoctoral experience in the study of physical and compositional properties of minor bodies of the Solar System, in particular, near-earth asteroids (NEAs). She has an interdisciplinary curriculum, with expertise in fields such as planetary geology, petrology, and geochemistry, as well as the formation of crystalline structures of minerals, gained through fruitful international collaborations with worldwide recognized experts in all those fields. She has extensive experience in the acquisition and analyses of asteroidal data from both ground- and space-based telescopes. In this sense, she is actively involved in space missions to asteroids and comets.

 Dr. de León is currently leading the research line related to the characterization of NEAs at the IAC, in particular, those that are potential targets for spacecraft and those considered as potentially hazardous for the Earth (PHAs). In this sense, she has been actively involved in space missions during the last decade: she was member of the ESA Rosetta mission, the proposed ESA Marco Polo, MarcoPoloR, CASTAway and AIM missions; she is currently an official member of the NASA OSIRIS-REx mission and collaborator of the JAXA Hayabusa 2 mission. She is also one of the chairs of the Remote Observations working group of the ESA Hera mission and is involved in both NASA Lucy and Psyche future missions. Dr. de Léon has published more than 50 papers in international refereed journals.

Watch Julia’s videos:
2020 Asteroid Day LIVE – Preparing for the Future: Tools to Investigate Asteroids Panel