Research Interests:

Observation of the magnetosphere of the Earth with the Cluster mission: Data analysis, calibration and archiving of the RAPID instrument (Research with Adaptive Particle Imaging Detectors). Assisting in RAPID observations.


Since 2015: Cluster mission/operations, calibration and data archiving of the RAPID instrument, Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS), Göttingen, Germany
2009 – 2014: Herschel Space Observatory/physical characterization of trans-Neptunian objects and asteroids, Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, Garching, Germany
2005 – 2009: PhD studies on SMART-1 and Chandrayyan-1 missions: instrument characterization and data
reduction pipeline for the SIR and SIR-2 point spectrometers, Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS), Katlenburg-Lindau, Germany (MPS moved to Göttingen in 2014)


2009: PhD, Thesis: "On the analysis of near-infrared point spectrometer data for the investigation of lunar surface mineralogy", University of Göttingen, Germany
2004: M.Sc., International Space University, Illkirch-Graffenstaden, France
2002: M.Sc., major subject: space technology, Helsinki University of Technology, Finland

Selected Publications:

(1) Haaland, S., Daly, P. W., & Vilenius, E. (2021). Heavy Metal and Rock in Space: Cluster RAPID Observations of Fe and Si. Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 126(3): e2020JA028852. doi:10.1029/2020JA028852.

(2) Vilenius, E., Stansberry, J., Müller, T., Mueller, M., Kiss, C., Santos-Sanz, P., et al. (2018). “TNOs are Cool”: A survey of the trans-Neptunian region XIV. Size/albedo characterization of the Haumea family observed with Herschel and Spitzer. Astronomy and Astrophysics, 618: A136. doi:10.1051/0004-6361/201732564.

(3) Bambach, P., Deller, J., Vilenius, E., Pursiainen, S., Takala, M., Braun, H. M., et al. (2018). DISCUS – The Deep Interior Scanning CubeSat mission to a rubble pile near-Earth asteroid. Advances in Space Research, 62(12), 3357-3368. doi:10.1016/j.asr.2018.06.016.

(4) Vilenius, E., Kiss, C., Müller, T., Mommert, M., Santos-Sanz, P., Pál, A., et al. (2014). “TNOs are Cool”: A survey of the trans-Neptunian region - X. Analysis of classical Kuiper belt objects from Herschel and Spitzer observations. Astronomy & Astrophysics, 564: A35, pp. 1-18. doi:10.1051/0004-6361/201322416.

(5) Vilenius, E., Kiss, C., Mommert, M., Mueller, T., Santos-Sanz, P., Pal, A., et al. (2012). “TNOs are Cool”: A survey of the trans-Neptunian region. VI. Herschel/PACS observations and thermal modeling of 19 classical Kuiper belt objects. Astronomy and Astrophysics, 541: A94. doi:10.1051/0004-6361/201118743.

Curriculum Vitae

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