Nicholas Nick Schneider


D337 (Duane)
N234 (SPSC)

My interests span planetary atmospheres, planetary astronomy, space physics, instrumentation, scientific visualization, and science education reform.  My current work is focussed on CU's mission to Mars: MAVEN, (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN). I lead the Imaging UltraViolet Spectrograph (IUVS) which performs remote sensing of Mars upper atmosphere. MAVEN's goals are to (1) understand the current state of the Mars atmosphere; (2) determine how atmospheric escape depends on drivers such as the solar wind, solar radiation and dust storms; (3) extrapolate escape back in time to estimate the cumulative atmospheric loss to space. I also continue my work on atmospheric escape from Jupiter's moon Io, whose entire atmospheric is lost and replaced on human timescales. I serve as a Guest Investigator on the JAXA Hisaki mission.

Recent Publications:

WE McClintock, NM Schneider, GM Holsclaw, JT Clarke, AC Hoskins, AIF Stewart, F Montmessin, RV Yelle, J Deighan, “The Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph (IUVS) for the MAVEN Mission”, Space Science Reviews, doi:10.1007/s11214-014-0098-7, 2015.

NM Schneider et al., “MAVEN IUVS observations of the aftermath of the Comet Siding Spring meteor shower on Mars”, Geophys. Res. Lett., 42, 4755–4761, DOI:10.1002/2015GL063863, 2015.

NM Schneider et al., “Discovery of diffuse aurora on Mars”, Science 350, DOI: 10.1126/science.aad0313, 2015.