Samuel Teinturier, Scientist, Planetary Sciences

Samuel Teinturier

Contact Info

NASA Goddard
Bldg. 34, Rm. C183
Greenbelt, MD 20771
 
Phone: 301-286-6744
Email: samuel.m.teinturier@nasa.gov

Research Interests

Dr. Samuel Teinturier is a planetary scientist, physicist and research engineer employed by GESTAR/USRA at NASA GSFC in the Planetary Environments Laboratory (Code 699). His research interest involves designing and using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry experiments on Earth and analyzing data from science payloads onboard spacecrafts in order to identify organic material in space. Dr. Teinturier has a strong background in engineering, computer data analysis and experimental setup.

Currents Projects:

Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) Science Team Member:

Dr. Teinturier is a member of the Mars Science Laboratory Science Team since the landing of the Curiosity rover on Mars (2009). He is a member of the SAM team (PI: P. Mahaffy). He contributes to the analysis of the SAM data using complex, multi-disciplinary treatments and experimental set-ups with about 40 scientists and engineers from the SAM team. He is an expert in understanding the SAM instrument and developing, testing and analyzing all the experiments and data from the instrument.
Dr. Teinturier is also a member of the Tactical Operations Team on MSL and acts as a PDL (Payload Downlink Lead) and PUL (Payload Uplink Lead) for SAM onboard Curiosity on Mars.

Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) Testbed at Goddard:

The SAM testbed is a duplicate of the instrument currently operating on the Mars Science Lab (MSL) rover Curiosity in Gale Crater, Mars. It is run inside a Mars chamber at GSFC which replicates the thermal and atmospheric conditions found on Mars. Dr. Teinturier is one of the leads in developing, testing and analyzing the experimental procedures and the data from the SAM Testbed experiment. This experiment is a key element of the SAM mission: to test under the same conditions each experiment which will be run on Mars; and to be able to understand the science data from Mars, with the analysis of Mars Analog Samples for instance.

Biography

Selected Public Outreach

Mars in a Box: How a Metal Chamber on Earth Helps us do Experiments on Mars 3 / 2019 - 3 / 2019
https://nasa.tumblr.com/post/183317920614/inside-this-metal-box-its-punishingly-cold-the
NASA Tumblr post

Samuel Teinturier - From Concert Halls to Consorting With the Mars Rover’s SAM 10 / 2018 - 10 / 2018
NASA People interview:

https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2018/samuel-teinturier-from-concert-halls-to-consorting-with-the-mars-rover-s-sam

Publications

Refereed:
Szopa, C., C. Freissinet, D. Glavin, et al. 2018. "First detections of dichlorobenzene isomers and trichloromethylpropane from organic matter indigenous to Mars mudstone in Gale Crater, Mars: Results from the Sample Analysis at Mars instrument onboard the Curiosity Rover." Astrobiology, (Submitted)

Millan, M., C. Szopa, A. Buch, et al. 2016. "In situ analysis of martian regolith with the SAM experiment during the first mars year of the MSL mission: Identification of organic molecules by gas chromatography from laboratory measurements." Planetary and Space Science, 129: 88-102 [10.1016/j.pss.2016.06.007]

Glavin, D. P., C. Freissinet, J. Eigenbrode, et al. 2014. "Origin of Chlorobenzene Detected by the Curiosity Rover in Yellowknife Bay: Evidence for Martian Organics in the Sheepbed Mudstone? ." MSL Science Team, Lunar and Planetary Science Conference , 45: 1157-.

Ming, D. W., P. D. Archer Jr, D. P. Glavin, et al. 2014. "Volatile and Organic Compositions of Sedimentary Rocks in Yellowknife Bay, Gale Crater, Mars." Science, 343: 6169 [doi:10.1126/science.1245267]

Glavin, D. P., C. Freissinet, C. Miller, et al. 2013. "Evidence for perchlorates and the origin of chlorinated hydrocarbons detected by SAM at the Rocknest aeolian deposit in Gale Crater ." Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets , 118: 1955-1973 [10.1002/jgre.20144]

Glavin, D. P., C. Freissinet, K. E. Miller, et al. 2013. "Evidence for perchlorates and the origin of chlorinated hydrocarbons detected by SAM at the Rocknest aeolian deposit in Gale Crater." J. Geophys. Res., 118: 1955 – 1973 [10.1002/jgre.20144]

Leshin, L. A., P. R. Mahaffy, C. R. Webster, et al. 2013. "Volatile, Isotope, and Organic Analysis of Martian Fines with the Mars Curiosity Rover." Science, 341: 6153 [10.1126/science.1238937]

Glavin, D. P., C. Freissinet, K. E. Miller, et al. 2013. "Evidence for Perchlorates and the Origin of Chlorinated Hydrocarbons Detected by SAM at the Rocknest Aeolian Deposit in Gale Crater." J. Geophys. Res., 118: 1955-1973.

Williams, R. M., J. P. Grotzinger, W. E. Dietrich, et al. 2013. "Martian Fluvial Conglomerates at Gale Crater." Science, 340 (6136): 1068-1072 [10.1126/science.1237317]

Mahaffy, P. R., C. R. Webster, S. K. Atreya, et al. 2013. "Abundance and Isotopic Composition of Gases in the Martian Atmosphere from the Curiosity Rover." Science, 341 (6143): 263-266 [10.1126/science.1237966]

Meslin, P. Y., O. Gasnault, O. Forni, et al. 2013. "Soil Diversity and Hydration as Observed by ChemCam at Gale Crater, Mars." Science, 341 (6153): 1238670-1238670 [10.1126/science.1238670]

Bish, D. L., D. F. Blake, D. T. Vaniman, et al. 2013. "X-ray Diffraction Results from Mars Science Laboratory: Mineralogy of Rocknest at Gale Crater." Science, 341 (6153): 1238932-1238932 [10.1126/science.1238932]

Leshin, L. A., P. R. Mahaffy, C. R. Webster, et al. 2013. "Volatile, Isotope, and Organic Analysis of Martian Fines with the Mars Curiosity Rover." Science, 341 (6153): 1238937-1238937 [10.1126/science.1238937]

Stolper, E. M., M. B. Baker, M. E. Newcombe, et al. 2013. "The Petrochemistry of Jake_M: A Martian Mugearite." Science, 341 (6153): 1239463-1239463 [10.1126/science.1239463]

Blake, D. F., R. V. Morris, G. Kocurek, et al. 2013. "Curiosity at Gale Crater, Mars: Characterization and Analysis of the Rocknest Sand Shadow." Science, 341 (6153): 1239505-1239505 [10.1126/science.1239505]

Glavin, D. P., C. Freissinet, K. E. Miller, et al. 2013. "Evidence for perchlorates and the origin of chlorinated hydrocarbons detected by SAM at the Rocknest aeolian deposit in Gale Crater." Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, 118 (10): 1955-1973 [10.1002/jgre.20144]

Grotzinger, J. P., D. Y. Sumner, L. C. Kah, et al. 2013. "A Habitable Fluvio-Lacustrine Environment at Yellowknife Bay, Gale Crater, Mars." Science, 343 (6169): 1242777-1242777 [10.1126/science.1242777]

Vaniman, D. T., D. L. Bish, D. W. Ming, et al. 2013. "Mineralogy of a Mudstone at Yellowknife Bay, Gale Crater, Mars." Science, 343 (6169): 1243480-1243480 [10.1126/science.1243480]

McLennan, S. M., R. B. Anderson, J. F. Bell, et al. 2013. "Elemental Geochemistry of Sedimentary Rocks at Yellowknife Bay, Gale Crater, Mars." Science, 343 (6169): 1244734-1244734 [10.1126/science.1244734]

Hassler, D. M., C. Zeitlin, R. F. Wimmer-Schweingruber, et al. 2013. "Mars' Surface Radiation Environment Measured with the Mars Science Laboratory's Curiosity Rover." Science, 343 (6169): 1244797-1244797 [10.1126/science.1244797]

Ming, D. W., P. D. Archer, D. P. Glavin, et al. 2013. "Volatile and Organic Compositions of Sedimentary Rocks in Yellowknife Bay, Gale Crater, Mars." Science, 343 (6169): 1245267-1245267 [10.1126/science.1245267]

Mahaffy, P. R., C. R. Webster, M. Cabane, et al. 2012. "The Sample Analysis at Mars Investigation and Instrument Suite." Space Sci Rev, 170 (1-4): 401-478 [10.1007/s11214-012-9879-z]

Teinturier, S. 2010. "Small-scale instabilities of an island wake flow in a rotating shallow-water layer." Dynamics of Atmospheres and Oceans, 49 (1): 1-24 [10.1016/j.dynatmoce.2008.10.006]

Sutyrin, G., and S. Teinturier. 2009. "Amplification of a Surface-Intensified Eddy Drift along a Steep Shelf in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea." Journal of Physical Oceanography, 39 (7): 1729-1741 [10.1175/2009jpo4106.1]