Dr. Chris Okubo

Dr. Chris Okubo
Dr. Chris Okubo - Research scientist, U.S. Geological Survey, Flagstaff Arizona – Structural features and image analysis of High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) for the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO).

TRANSCRIPT: "My name is Chris Okubo and I’m a geologist at the U.S. Geological Survey in Flagstaff and what I do is I study faults and how they form on Earth as well as on Mars. And I also do mission operations for the high-rise instrument that’s on the Mars reconnaissance orbiter. And how I got interested in this position is that I took a class at the University of Hawaii while I was and undergrad and we went out on a field trip to look at some of the lava flows on the active volcanoes and that got me interested in understanding how the Earth’s surface evolves through geologic processes. And I especially got interested in looking at some of the deformation mechanisms. And what I find most exciting about this job is that I can use observations of faults and the local geology to understand the past history of not only the Earth’s surface but the geologic history of Mars. One of the most exciting points of my career was when we first got the high-rise instrument around Mars and we started taking images of the surface and we actually started seeing evidence for past fluid flow on some of the faults in Valles Marineris. And so that was a very exciting confirmation that we could actually use some of the terrestrial approaches for understanding faults and fluid flow for looking at Mars and understanding potentially past habitable environments within the subsurface."

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