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Kyeong Ja Kim

Nuclear planetology, cosmogeochronology
Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources
Ph.D. Victoria University of Wellington, Geology 2001
M.S. San Jose State University, Radiological Health Physics, 1997
B.S. Gyeongsang National University, Physics, 1986

FINESSE Research Objectives

Kyeong Kim is involved in surface characterizations of the proposed field sites using X-ray analysis and comparison of terrestrial analogue with lunar and matrian surface envirionment characterized by elemental remote sensing data


Kyeong Kim worked as a staff scientist at the GNS Science, Lower Hutt, New Zealand from 1996 to 2002. Kyeong Kim worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Meteorites at the University of New Mexico from 2002 to 2005 participating in Mars Odyssey Gamma–Ray Spectrometer Program and NASA Cosmochemistry Program for numerical modeling of cosmogenic nuclide production rates in extraterrestrial materials. Kyeong Kim worked as an assistant staff scientist at Lunar and Planetary Sciences at the University of Arizona from 2005 to 2006 to continue in participation for the Mars Odyssey Gamma-Ray Spectrometer Program. Kyeong Kim joined Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources in Dec. 2006 and currently Kyeong Kim works as a principal researcher at the Planetary Geology Department of the Geological Research Division. Kyeong Kim is an adjunct professor at the Department of Geophysical exploration at the University of Science and Technology, Daejeon, Korea. Kyeong Kim has participated in SELENE-1 (Kaguya) GRS program since 2009 and worked on the preproject of SELENE-2 Rover’s Active X-ray Spectrometer program. Kyeong Kim focuses on research areas of planetary remote sensing using nuclear science payloads, paleoclimate change, and cosmogeochronology using cosmogenic nuclides, especially for Beryllium-10, Aluminum-26, and Carbon-14.

Upcoming Activities

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SSERVI / Exploration Science Forum
July 2016
The Exploration Science Forum brings together the Science and Exploration communities to discuss current research regardin the Moon, Near Earth Asteroids, and Phobos & Deimos.
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Third International Conference on the Exploration of Phobos & Deimos
July 2016
The Third International Conference on the Exploration of Phobos and Deimos, subtitled The Science, Robotic Reconnaissance, and Human Exploration of the Two Moons of Mars, will be the third international meeting focused on Phobos and Deimos, and on how their exploration relates to that of other small bodies, Mars, and the rest of the Solar System.

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Craters of the Moon National Monument & Preserve (COTM), Idaho, USA

Prime FINESSE COTM field deployment:
Summer 2016


International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN)

October 8, 2016
InOMN is a world-wide outreach event to encourage people to observe and learn about our nearest celestial neighbor, the Moon. The InOMN website can be found here.
Division of Planetary Sciences
October 16-21, 2016
The Division of Planetary Sciences (DPS) annual meeting will be held in Pasadena, CA.  This meeting brings together researchers studying planetary objects to present and discuss cutting-edge planetary science.
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American Geophysical Union
December 12-16, 2016
The American Geophysical Union (AGU) meeting is one of the most prestigious Earth and space sciences meeting worldwide.  AGU is held each December in San Francisco, CA.

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