Michael Aye is a postdoctoral scholar at the Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences Department at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has wandered all over the wavelengths and works currently on far infrared thermal radiation data taken by the Diviner Lunar Radiometer Experiment of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. Before he was doing his Ph.D in the UK, working on gamma-ray detection at the H.E.S.S. telescope system. He then went on to work on the visual wavelengths DAWN camera system in Germany at the Max-Planck-Institute for Solar System Research. The next gig was in Switzerland, where working on Europe’s first planetary laser altimeter for the BepiColombo system working at 1064 nm only marginally distracted him from the cheese fondues and the famous chocolate. After that he went to UCLA, his current position, but until the end of this week(!), we will know if the next gig working on UV camera systems will work out, so the whole Twitterverse is asked to cross fingers for the ongoing pursuit to cover all the wavebands.
Scientifically speaking, his main tasks currently are recalibrating the whole 1.5 TB dataset of the lunar radiometer without messing anything up and understanding how the allegedly ‘dead’ planet Mars can be so hyperactive during spring with CO2 gas jets popping out all over the polar areas from underneath that seasonal CO2 ice cap.
He tweets under the handle @michaelaye, often about science, tech and science politics, including open access and science funding.