Daniel Britt

Photo of Daniel Britt
Role on REVEALS: 

Advisory Board


University Of Central Florida


Brown University Ph.D. 1991; Geological Sciences
Brown University M.S. 1987; Geological Sciences
University of Washington B.S. 1985; Geological Sciences
University of Washington M.A. 1976; Economics
University of Washington B.A. 1972; Economics

Areas of Research: 

The physical properties of asteroids and meteorites
The strength of asteroidal materials Asteroid surface properties
     and surface evolution
Experimental and computational investigation of space
     weathering processes
Development of simulants for asteroidal materials
Experimental investigations of thermal degradation of
     asteroidal materials
Effects of space weathering on volatile-rich asteroids.


Asteroid 4395 Danbritt
Fellow, Meteoritical Society
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics 2002 Space Systems Award: Deep Space 1 Mission.
NASA Group Achievement Award: Deep Space 1 Comet Borrelly Encounter 2002
NASA Group Achievement Award: Deep Space 1 Project Science Team 1999
NASA Group Achievement Award: Imager for Mars Pathfinder Scientific Operations
    (Dr. Britt accepted the award on behalf of the IMP team) 1998.
NASA Group Achievement Award: Mars Pathfinder Mission Operations 1998.
NASA Group Achievement Award: Mars Pathfinder Development 1997.
NASA Planetary Astronomy Postdoctoral Fellow, 1991-1993.
NASA Headquarters Graduate Student Fellow, 1989-1991.
Smithsonian Institution Graduate Student Fellow, 1986


Dr. Daniel Britt is the Pegasus Professor of Astronomy and Planetary Sciences at the Department of Physics, University of Central Florida.  He was educated at the University of Washington and Brown University, receiving a Ph.D. from Brown in 1991.  He has served on the science teams of four NASA missions, Mars Pathfinder and Deep Space 1, the New Horizons Mission Science Team for the flyby of the Kuiper Belt asteroid 2014 MU69, and the Lucy Mission Science Team for a series of flybys of asteroids near Jupiter.  He was the project manager for the camera on Mars Pathfinder and has built hardware for all the NASA Mars landers.  He currently does research on the physical properties and mineralogy of asteroids, comets, the Moon, and Mars under several NASA grants and is the director of the Center for Lunar and Asteroid Surface Science (CLASS), a node of NASA’s Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI). He has served as the Chair of the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society and the Planetary Geology Division of the Geological Society of America. Honors include 6 NASA Achievement Awards, election as a Fellow of the Meteoritical Society, and an asteroid named after him; 4395 DanBritt.