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Mike Wong is a research scientist in the Astronomy Department at UC Berkeley. He is a Mars Science Laboratory Collaborator, specializing in atmospheric composition with the SAM instrument suite on Curiosity. His work with mass spectrometer data from the Galileo probe launched his interest in cloud-forming gases in Jupiter's atmosphere. He discovered the signature of ammonia ice in Jupiter's thermal spectrum as an NRC postdoc working at NASA with the Cassini/CIRS team. With Franck Marchis, he discovered the first moonlet binary among the Trojan asteroids, a large group of objects that share the orbit of Jupiter around the Sun.

He designed Hubble Space Telescope imaging sequences of phenomena including the 2006 color change of Oval BA and the 2009 impact site on Jupiter. The 2009 impact data were the first on-orbit science data ever taken with the Wide Field Camera 3, an instrument that he helped calibrate at the Space Telescope Science Institute.

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Refereed publications

Wong, M.H., S.K. Atreya, W.R. Kuhn, P.N. Romani, K.M. Mihalka (2015) Fresh clouds: A parameterized updraft method for calculating cloud densities in one-dimensional models. Icarus 245, 273-281. [link] [0.7MB PDF, corrected proofs]

Simon, A.A., M.H. Wong, J.H. Rogers, G.S. Orton, I. de Pater, X. Asay-Davis, R.W. Carlson, P.S. Marcus (2014) Dramatic Change in Jupiter's Great Red Spot from Spacecraft Observations. The Astrophysical Journal Letters 797, L31 (4 pp.). [link]

Fitzpatrick, P. J., I. de Pater, S. Luszcz-Cook, M.H. Wong, and H.B. Hammel (2014) Dispersion in Neptune's zonal wind velocities from NIR Keck AO observations in July 2009. Astrophysics and Space Science 350, 65--88. [link]

Marchis, F., J. Durech, J. Castillo-Rogez, F. Vachier, M. Cuk, J. Berthier, M.H. Wong, P. Kalas, G. Duchene, M.A. van Dam, H. Hamanowa, and M. Viikinkoski (2014) The Puzzling Mutual Orbit of the Binary Trojan Asteroid (624) Hektor. The Astrophysical Journal 783, LL37 (6 pp.). [link]

Franz, H.B., M.G. Trainer, M.H. Wong, H.L.K. Manning, J.C. Stern, P.R. Mahaffy, S.K. Atreya, M. Benna, P.G. Conrad, D.N. Harpold, L.A. Leshin, C.A. Malespin, C.P. McKay, J.T. Nolan, E. Raaen (2014) Analytical techniques for retrieval of atmospheric composition with the quadrupole mass spectrometer of the Sample Analysis at Mars instrument suite on Mars Science Laboratory. Planetary and Space Science 96, 99-113. [link]

MSL Science Team papers

Farley, K.A., and 231 colleagues (2014) In Situ Radiometric and Exposure Age Dating of the Martian Surface. Science 343, 1247166 (5 pp.). [link]

Ming, D.W., and 447 colleagues (2014) Volatile and Organic Compositions of Sedimentary Rocks in Yellowknife Bay, Gale Crater, Mars. Science 343, 1245267 (10 pp.). [link]

Hassler, D.M., and 447 colleagues (2014) Mars'; Surface Radiation Environment Measured with the Mars Science Laboratory's Curiosity Rover. Science 343, 1244797 (7 pp.). [link]

McLennan, S.M., and 447 colleagues (2014) Elemental Geochemistry of Sedimentary Rocks at Yellowknife Bay, Gale Crater, Mars. Science 343, 1244734 (11 pp.). [link]

Vaniman, D.T., and 444 colleagues (2014) Mineralogy of a Mudstone at Yellowknife Bay, Gale Crater, Mars. Science 343, 1243480 (9 pp.). [link]

Blake, D.F., and 439 colleagues (2013) Curiosity at Gale Crater, Mars: Characterization and Analysis of the Rocknest Sand Shadow. Science 341, 1239505 (8 pp.). [link]

Stolper, E.M., and 446 colleagues (2013) The Petrochemistry of Jake_M: A Martian Mugearite. Science 341, 1239463 (8 pp.). [link]

Leshin, L.A., and 447 colleagues (2013) Volatile, Isotope, and Organic Analysis of Martian Fines with the Mars Curiosity Rover. Science 341, 1238937 (10 pp.). [link]

Bish, D.L., and 463 colleagues (2013) X-ray Diffraction Results from Mars Science Laboratory: Mineralogy of Rocknest at Gale Crater. Science 341, 1238932 (6 pp.). [link]

Meslin, P.-Y., and 448 colleagues (2013) Soil Diversity and Hydration as Observed by ChemCam at Gale Crater, Mars. Science 341, 1238670 (11 pp.). [link]

Williams, R.M.E., and 442 colleagues (2013) Martian Fluvial Conglomerates at Gale Crater. Science 340, 1068--1072. [link]

Wong, M.H., S.K. Atreya, P.R. Mahaffy, H.B. Franz, C. Malespin, M.G. Trainer, P.G. Conrad, H.L.K. Manning, R.O. Pepin, R.H. Becker, C.P. McKay, T.C. Owen, R. Navarro-González, J.H. Jones, B.M. Jakosky, A. Steele (2013) Isotopes of nitrogen on Mars: Atmospheric measurements by Curiosity's mass spectrometer. Geophysical Research Letters 40, 6033-6037. [link; open access]

Atreya, S.K., M.G. Trainer, H.B. Franz, M.H. Wong, H.L.K. Manning, C.A. Malespin, P.R. Mahaffy, P.G. Conrad, A.E. Brunner, L.A. Leshin, J.H. Jones, C.R. Webster, T.C. Owen, R.O. Pepin, R. Navarro-González, 2013. Primordial argon isotope fractionation in the atmosphere of Mars measured by the SAM instrument on Curiosity and implications for atmospheric loss. Geophysical Research Letters 40, 5605-5609. [link; open access]

Hueso, R., S. Pérez-Hoyos, A. Sánchez-Lavega, A. Wesley, G. Hall, C. Go, M. Tachikawa, K. Aoki, M. Ichimaru, J.W.T. Pond, D.G. Korycansky, C. Palotai, G. Chappell, N. Rebeli, J. Harrington, M. Delcroix, M.H. Wong, I. de Pater, L.N. Fletcher, H. Hammel, G.S. Orton, I. Tabe, J. Watanabe, and J.C. Moreno (2013) Impact flux on Jupiter: From superbolides to large-scale collisions. Astronomy and Astrophysics 560, A55, 14 pp. [link]

Mahaffy, P.R., C.R. Webster, S.K. Atreya, H. Franz, M.H. Wong, P.G. Conrad, D. Harpold, J.H. Jones, L.A. Leshin, H. Manning, T. Owen, R.O. Pepin, S. Squyres, M. Trainer, and the MSL Science Team (2013) Abundance and Isotopic Composition of Gases in the Martian Atmosphere from the Curiosity Rover. Science 341, 263-266. [link]

Pérez-Hoyos, S., Sanz-Requena, J.F., Sánchez-Lavega, A., Wong, M.H., Hammel, H.B., Orton, G.S., de Pater, I., Simon-Miller, A.A., Clarke, J.T., Noll, K. (2012) Vertical cloud structure of the 2009 Jupiter impact based on HST/WFC3 observations. Icarus 221, 1061-1078. [link]

Marchis, F., Berthier, J., Wong, M.H. (2012) Quantitative solar system science with AO systems. Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) Conference Series 8447: Adaptive Optics Systems III, 84470C. [link]

Wong, M.H., de Pater, I., Asay-Davis, X.S., Marcus, P.S., Go, C.Y. (2011) Vertical structure of Jupiter's Oval BA before and after it reddened: What changed? Icarus 215, 211-225. [link] [1.7MB PDF, corrected proofs]

Wong, M.H. (2011) Fringing in the WFC3/UVIS detector, in Proceedings of the 2010 STScI Calibration Workshop (S. Deustua and C. Oliveira, eds.), Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, MD. [1.6MB PDF, article] [link to full proceedings]

Sánchez-Lavega, A., G.S. Orton, R. Hueso, S. Pérez-Hoyos, L.N. Fletcher, E. García-Melendo, J.M. Gomez-Forrellad, I. de Pater, M.H. Wong, H.B. Hammel, P. Yanamandra-Fisher, A. Simon-Miller, N. Barrado-Izagirre, F. Marchis, O. Mousis, J.L. Ortiz, J. García-Rojas, M. Cecconi, J.T. Clarke, K. Noll, S. Pedraz, A. Wesley, P. Kalas, N. McConnell, W. Golisch, D. Griep, P. Sears, E. Volquardsen,V. Reddy, M. Shara, R. Binzel, W. Grundy, J. Emery, A. Rivkin, C. Thomas, D. Trilling, K. Bjorkman, A.J. Burgasser, H. Campins, T.M. Sato, Y. Kasaba, J. Ziffer, R. Mirzoyan, M. Fitzgerald, and the International Outer Planet Watch team (2011) Long-term evolution of the aerosol debris cloud produced by the 2009 impact on Jupiter. Icarus 214, 462-476. [link]

de Pater, I., Wong, M.H., de Kleer, K., Hammel, H.B., Ádámkovics, M., Conrad, A. (2011) Keck adaptive optics images of Jupiter's north polar cap and Northern Red Oval. Icarus 213, 559-563. [link]

Asay-Davis, X.S., Marcus, P.S., Wong, M.H., de Pater, I. (2011) Changes in Jupiter's zonal velocity between 1979 and 2008. Icarus 211, 1215-1232. [link]

Fletcher, L.N., Orton, G.S., Rogers, J.H., Simon-Miller, A.A., de Pater, I., Wong, M.H., Mousis, O., Irwin, P.G.J., Jacquesson, M., Yanamandra-Fisher, P.A. (2011) Jovian temperature and cloud variability during the 2009-2010 fade of the South Equatorial Belt. Icarus 213, 564-580. [link]

Descamps, P., Marchis, F., Berthier, J., Emery, J.P., Duchêne, G., de Pater, I., Wong, M.H., Lim, L., Hammel, H.B., Vachier, F., Wiggins, P., Teng-Chuen-Yu, J.-P., Peyrot, A., Pollock, J., Assafin, M., Vieira-Martins, R., Camargo, J.I.B., Braga-Ribas, F., Macomber, B. (2011) Triplicity and physical characteristics of Asteroid (216) Kleopatra. Icarus 211, 1022-1033. [link]

Orton, G.S., Fletcher, L.N., Lisse, C.M., Chodas, P.W., Cheng, A., Yanamandra-Fisher, P.A., Baines, K.H., Fisher, B.M., Wesley, A., Perez-Hoyos, S., de Pater, I., Hammel, H.B., Edwards, M.L., Ingersoll, A.P., Mousis, O., Marchis, F., Golisch, W., Sanchez-Lavega, A., Simon-Miller, A.A., Hueso, R., Momary, T.W., Greene, Z., Reshetnikov, N., Otto, E., Villar, G., Lai, S., Wong, M.H. (2011) The atmospheric influence, size and possible asteroidal nature of the July 2009 Jupiter impactor. Icarus 211, 587-602. [link]

Wong, M.H., Pavlovsky, C., and Long, K., eds. (2010) Wide Field Camera 3 Instrument Handbook, Version 2.0. Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore MD. [link]

Wong, M.H. (2010) Amplitude of fringing in WFC3/UVIS narrowband red filters. Space Telescope Science Institute Instrument Science Report, ISR WFC3-2010-04. [5.1MB PDF]

Wong, M.H. (2010) WFC3/UVIS Fringing: Ground test data and analysis codes. Space Telescope Science Institute Technical Instrument Report, TIR WFC3-2010-01. Available by request from help@stsci.edu

Lii, P.S., Wong, M.H., de Pater, I. (2010) Temporal variation of the tropospheric cloud and haze in the jovian equatorial zone. Icarus 209, 591-601. [link]

Hammel, H.B., Wong, M.H., Clarke, J.T., de Pater, I., Fletcher, L.N., Hueso, R., Noll, K., Orton, G.S., Pérez-Hoyos, S., Sánchez-Lavega, A., Simon-Miller, A.A., Yanamandra-Fisher, P.A. (2010) Jupiter after the 2009 impact: Hubble Space Telescope imaging of the impact-generated debris and its temporal evolution. Astrophysical Journal Letters 715, L150-L154. [link]

de Pater, I., Wong, M.H., Marcus, P.S., Luszcz-Cook, S., Ádámkovics, M., Conrad, A., Asay-Davis, X., Go, C. (2010) Persistent rings in and around Jupiter's anticyclones---Observations and theory. Icarus 210, 742-762. [link]

de Pater, I., Fletcher, L.N., Pérez-Hoyos, S., Hammel, H.B., Orton, G.S., Wong, M.H., Luszcz-Cook, S., Sánchez-Lavega, A., Boslough, M. (2010) A multi-wavelength study of the 2009 impact on Jupiter: Comparison of high resolution images from Gemini, Keck and HST. Icarus 210, 722-741. [link]

Hueso, R., Wesley, A., Go, C., Pérez-Hoyos, S., Wong, M.H., Fletcher, L.N., Sánchez-Lavega, A., Boslough, M.B.E., de Pater, I., Orton, G.S., Simon-Miller, A.A., Djorgovski, S.G., Edwards, M.L., Hammel, H.B., Clarke, J.T., Noll, K.S., Yanamandra-Fisher, P.A. (2010) First Earth-based Detection of a Superbolide on Jupiter. The Astrophysical Journal 721, L129-L133. [link]

Wong, M.H. (2009) Comment on "Transport of nonmethane hydrocarbons to Jupiter's troposphere by descent of smog particles" by Donald M. Hunten [Icarus 194 (2008) 616-622]. Icarus 199, 231-235. [link]

Wong, M.H., S.M. Baggett, S. Deustua, T. Borders, J. Kalirai, A. Martel, B. Hilbert, H. Bushouse, M. Dulude, J. Kim Quijano, V. Kozhurina-Platais, J. MacKenty, P. McCullough, C. Pavlovsky, L. Petro, A. Rajan, A. Riess, E. Sabbi (2009) Overview of the WFC3 Cycle 17 detector monitoring campaign. Space Telescope Science Institute Instrument Science Report, ISR WFC3-2009-07. [1.1MB PDF]

Asay-Davis, X.S., Marcus, P.S., Wong, M.H., de Pater, I. (2009) Jupiter's shrinking Great Red Spot and steady Oval BA: Velocity measurements with the "Advection Corrected Correlation Image Velocimetry" automated cloud-tracking method. Icarus 203, 164-188. [link]

Laver, C., de Pater, I., Marchis, F., Ádámkovics, M., Wong, M.H. (2009) Component-resolved near-infrared spectra of the (22) Kalliope system. Icarus 204, 574-579. [link]

Wong, M.H., J. Lunine, S.K. Atreya, T. Johnson, P.R. Mahaffy, T.C. Owen, T. Encrenaz (2008) Oxygen and other volatiles in the giant planets and their satellites, in Reviews in Mineralogy and Geochemistry Vol. 68: Oxygen in the Solar System, Chapter 10 (G.J. MacPherson, D.W. Mittlefehldt, J. Jones, and S.B. Simon, eds.), Mineralogical Society of America, Chantilly, VA. [376k PDF invited chapter preprint] [whole book] [doi/abstract]

Kalogerakis, K.S., J. Marschall, A.U. Oza, P.A. Engel, R.T. Meharchand, M.H. Wong (2008) The coating hypothesis for ammonia ice particles in Jupiter: Laboratory experiments and optical modeling. Icarus 196, 202–215. [link]

Descamps, P., F. Marchis, J. Pollock, J. Berthier, F. Vachier, M. Birlan, M. Kaasalainen, A.W. Harris, M.H. Wong, W.J. Romanishin, E.M. Cooper, K.A. Kettner, P. Wiggins, A. Kryszczynska, M. Polinska, J.-F. Coliac, A. Devyatkin, I. Verestchagina, D. Gorshanov (2008) New determination of the size and bulk density of the binary Asteroid 22 Kalliope from observations of mutual eclipses. Icarus 196, 578-600. [link]

Sánchez-Lavega, A., G.S. Orton, R. Hueso, E. García-Melendo, S. Pérez-Hoyos, A. Simon-Miller, J.F. Rojas, J.M. Gómez, P. Yanamandra-Fisher, L. Fletcher, J. Joels, J. Kemerer, J. Hora, E. Karkoschka, I. de Pater, M.H. Wong, P.S. Marcus, N. Pinilla-Alonso, and the IOPW team (2008) Depth of a strong jovian jet from a planetary-scale disturbance driven by storms. Nature 451, 437–440.[link]

Ádámkovics, M., M.H. Wong, C. Laver, I. de Pater (2007) Widespread morning drizzle on Titan. Science 318, 962–965. [398k PDF]

Wong, M.H., I. de Pater, M.R. Showalter, H.G. Roe, and B. Macintosh (2006) Groundbased near infrared spectroscopy of Jupiter's ring and moons. Icarus 185, 403–415.

Marchis, F., D. Hestroffer, P. Descamps, J. Berthier, A.H. Bouchez, R.D. Campbell, J.C.Y. Chin, M.A. van Dam, S.K. Hartman, E.M. Johansson, R.E. Lafon, D. Le Mignant, I. de Pater, P.J. Stomski, D.M. Summers, F. Vachier, P.L. Wizinovich, and M.H. Wong (2006) A low density of 0.8 g cm–3 for the Trojan binary asteroid 617 Patroclus. Nature 439, 565–567.

Atreya, S.K., A.S. Wong, K.H. Baines, M.H. Wong, and T.C. Owen (2005) Jupiter's ammonia clouds—localized or ubiquitous? Planetary and Space Science 53, 498–507.

Wong, M.H., G.L. Bjoraker, M.D. Smith, F.M. Flasar, C.A. Nixon (2004) Identification of the 10-μm ammonia ice feature on Jupiter. Planetary and Space Science 52, 385–395. [doi/abstract]

Wong, M.H., P.R. Mahaffy, S.K. Atreya, H.B. Niemann, T.C. Owen (2004) Updated Galileo probe mass spectrometer measurements of carbon, oxygen, nitrogen, and sulfur on Jupiter. Icarus 171, 153–170. [doi/abstract] [1.2MB PDF preprint]

Roos-Serote, M., S.K. Atreya, M.H. Wong, P. Drossart (2004) On the water abundance in the atmosphere of Jupiter. Planetary and Space Science 52, 397–414.

Atreya, S.K., P.R. Mahaffy, H.B. Niemann, M.H. Wong, T.C. Owen (2003) Composition and origin of the atmosphere of Jupiter√ĎAn update, and implications for the extrasolar giant planets. Planetary and Space Science 51, 105–112.

Owen, T., P.R. Mahaffy, H.B. Niemann, S.K. Atreya, M.H. Wong (2001) Protosolar nitrogen. Astrophysical Journal 553: L77–L79.

Atreya, S.K., M.H. Wong, T.O. Owen, P.R. Mahaffy, H.B. Niemann, I. de Pater, P. Drossart, Th. Encrenaz (1999) A Comparison of the Atmospheres of Jupiter and Saturn: Deep atmospheric composition, cloud structure, vertical mixing, and origin. Planetary and Space Science 47, 1243–1262.

Atreya, S.K., M.H. Wong, T.C. Owen, H.B. Niemann, P.R. Mahaffy (1997) Chemistry and clouds of Jupiter's atmosphere: a Galileo perspective, in The Three Galileos: The Man, the Spacecraft, the Telescope, pp. 249–260 (C. Barbieri et al., eds.), Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, the Netherlands.

Owen, T.C., S.K. Atreya, M.H. Wong, P.R. Mahaffy, H.B. Niemann (1997) On the origin of Jupiter's atmosphere and the volatiles on the Medicean stars, in The Three Galileos: The Man, the Spacecraft, the Telescope, pp. 289–297.

Wong, M.H., I. de Pater, C. Heiles, R. Millan, R.J. Maddalena, M. Kesteven, R.M. Price, M. Calabretta (1996) Observations of Jupiter's 20-cm synchrotron emission during the impacts of comet P/Shoemaker-Levy 9. Icarus 121, 457–468.


Popular science articles

R. Fitzgerald, M.H. Wong (2008) Adapting adaptive optics. Physics Today 61:12, 104. [link]

de Pater, I., P. Marcus, M.H. Wong (2007) Jupiter's new "Red Oval." In Hubble 2006: Science Year in Review, pp. 32–41 (Robert Brown, ed.), STScI for NASA GSFC, Baltimore MD. [1MB PDF]


Invited talks

Wong, M.H. (2013) Air on Other Worlds. Presentation, Q/A, and atmospheric mining incubator for 4th grade students. 16 May, Ferry Elementary School, Grosse Pointe Woods MI.

Wong, M.H., Clarke, J., Hendrix, A., Simon-Miller, A., Noll, K., Harris, W., Sayanagi, K., Hammel, H., Choi, D., Bell, J., de Pater, I., Orton, G. (2013) Planetary Dynamics Explorer: A Space Telescope for Time-Domain Solar System Studies. SALSO Workshop. 5-6 February, Jackson Center, Huntsville AL.

Wong, M.H. (2012) Mars and MSL. Presentation and Q/A for 8th grade students. 7 November, Audubon Middle School, Los Angeles CA.

Wong, M.H. (2012) Mars and MSL. Presentation and Q/A for 8th grade students. 6 November, South Pointe Middle School, Walnut CA.

Wong, M.H., Bell, J.F. III, Clarke, J.T., de Pater, I., Hammel, H.B., Harris, W., Mcgrath, M.A., Sayanagi, K.M., Simon- Miller, A.A. (2012) Solar System Science Objectives with the Next UV/Optical Space Observatory. NASA Future UV/Visible RFI Workshop. 18 September, Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore MD.

Wong, M.H. (2012) Deuterium Measurements with the Galileo Probe Mass Spectrometer. Space Show V Colloquium. 12 June, American Museum of Natural History, New York NY.

Wong, M.H. (2011) Jupiter picture of the day. SETI Institute Seminar Series. SETI Institute, 16 November, Mountain View CA. Talk to appear soon on YouTube. [video stream]

Wong, M.H. (2011) Outer planet volatile abundances. Invited seminar for REU students. SRI International, 28 July, Menlo Park CA.

Wong, M.H. (2010) The "happy bunny:" Characterizing long-wavelength fringing in WFC3/UVIS. Presentation at the monthly TIPS/JIM meeting. 18 February, Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore MD.

Wong, M.H. (2009) Nitrogen chemistry in Jupiter's atmosphere. Outer Planets Colloquium Series presentation at the Stern College for Women's seminar series on Chemistry in Space. 16 November, New York NY.

Wong, M.H. (2009) Planetary telescope. Invited presentation to the Giant Planets Panel of the NRC/SSB Planetary Science Decadal Survey. 26 October, Irvine CA.

Wong, M.H. (2009) Outer solar system science with MCAO. Invited presentation at MAD and Beyond: Science with Multi-Conjugate Adaptive Optics Instruments. 8-10 June, ESO Garching, Germany. [5.0MB PDF presentation]

Wong, M.H. (2009) Outer planet volatile abundances. STScI Star and Planet Formation Seminar Series . 1 June, Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore MD.

Wong, M.H. (2009) Red Spot Jr., Jupiter's global upheavals, and crucial contributions by amateur astronomers. Eastbay Astronomical Society General Meeting. 7 February, Chabot Space and Science Center, Oakland CA.

Wong, M.H. (2008) Red Spot Jr. and Jupiter's global upheavals. Outer Planets Colloquium Series presentation at the MIT Atmospheric Science Seminar Series. 17 November, Cambridge MA.

Wong, M.H. (2007) Water in the outer planets. Invited UCB Center for Integrative Planetary Science (CIPS) seminar for Astro 250: The Role of Water in Planetary Science. 18 April, Berkeley CA.

Wong, M.H. (2006) Nitrogen in Jupiter: Clouds and cosmochemistry. Invited UCB CIPS brown-bag lunch seminar. 27 September 2006, Berkeley CA.

Wong, M.H. (2006) Nitrogen in Jupiter: Clouds and cosmochemistry. Invited seminar at SRI International. 17 August 2006, Menlo Park CA.

Wong, M.H., S.K. Atreya, P.R. Mahaffy (2005) Oxygen and other volatiles in Jupiter: Insights into the early Solar System. Invited talk at the Workshop on Oxygen in the Earliest Solar System. 19–22 September 2005, Gatlinburg TN.


White papers, RFI responses

Wong, M.H., Clarke, J., Hendrix, A., Simon-Miller, A., Noll, K., Harris, W., Sayanagi, K., Hammel, H., Choi, D., Bell, J., de Pater, I., Orton, G. (2012) Planetary Dynamics Explorer: A Space Telescope for Time-Domain Solar System Studies. NASA RFI: Concepts for Applications of Large Space Optics. [RFI site]

Wong, M.H., Bell, J.F. III, Clarke, J.T., de Pater, I., Hammel, H.B., Harris, W., Mcgrath, M.A., Sayanagi, K.M., Simon- Miller, A.A. (2012) Solar System Science Objectives with the Next UV/Optical Space Observatory. NASA Cosmic Origins RFI: Science Objectives and Requirements for the Next NASA UV/Visible Astrophysics Mission Concepts. [RFI site]

Wong, M.H., M. Ádámkovics, S.K. Atreya, D. Banfield, J. Bell, S. Benecchi, G. Bjoraker, J.R. Casani, J.T. Clarke, I. de Pater, S.G. Edgington, L.N. Fletcher, R.G. French, W. Grundy, A.R. Hendrix, E. Karkoschka, J.-Y. Li, F. Marchis, M.A. McGrath, W.J. Merline, J.I. Moses, K. Noll, G.S. Orton, K.A. Rages, K. Retherford, K. Sayanagi, N. Schneider, E.H. Smith, L. A. Sromovsky, N. J. Strange, A. Verbiscer, P.A. Yanamandra-Fisher (2009) A dedicated space observatory for time-domain solar system science. White Paper submitted to the 2009-2011 Planetary Science Decadal Survey. [PDF] [Decadal Survey site]

Wong, M.H. (2007) Mitigating the threat to solar system science imposed by MCT programs. Solicited white paper on Multi-Cycle Treasury programs for Hubble Space Telescope. [108k PDF]


Meeting papers
(Only 1st author papers listed 2008-present)

Wong, M.H., Mutchler, M., Viana, A. (2014) Time domain ice giant science with 14 years of WFPC2 imaging data, Workshop on the Study of Ice Giant Planets, 29 July, Laurel MD.

Wong, M.H. (2014) TMT Solar System ISDT: Giant planet atmospheres at high spatial resolution. Thirty Meter Telescope Science Forum, 18 July, Tucson AZ.

Wong, M.H., Hammel, H.B., de Pater, I., Sánchez-Lavega, A., Simon-Miller, A.A., Clarke, J.T., Norwood, J.W., Bjoraker, G.L. (2014) Impacts on Giant Planets. Science with HST IV: Looking to the Future, 17 March, Rome Italy.

Wong, M.H., S.K. Atreya, W.R. Kuhn (2013) Revised method for calculating cloud densities in equilibrium models. AGU Fall Meeting, 10 Dec., San Francisco CA. [4MB poster PDF]

Wong, M.H., H.B. Franz, C.A. Malespin, M.G. Trainer, S.K. Atreya, P.R. Mahaffy, J.C. Stern, C.P. McKay, H.L.K. Manning, J.H. Jones, T.C. Owen, R. Navarro-González, and the MSL Team (2013) MSL/SAM Measurements of Nitrogen Isotopes in the Mars Atmosphere. 45th Annual Meeting of the Division for Planetary Science of the AAS, 10 Oct., Denver CO. [abstract #405.02]

Bjoraker, G., I. de Pater, M.H. Wong*, M. Adamkovics, and T. Hewagama (2013) The Deep Cloud Structure and Volatile Abundances in Jupiter's Great Red Spot. 45th Annual Meeting of the Division for Planetary Science of the AAS, 11 Oct., Denver CO. [abstract #506.03]
*presenting author due to government shutdown

Wong, M.H., Atreya, S.K., Mahaffy, P.R., Trainer, M.G., Franz, H.B., Stern, J., Owen, T., McKay, C.P., Jones, J., Manning, H., Navarro-González, R., Malespin, C.A. (2013) MSL/SAM Measurements of Nitrogen and Argon Isotopes in the Mars Atmosphere. 44th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, Abstract 1712. [471kB poster PDF]

Wong, M.H., Lefavor, M., Newman, C., Prats, B., Kahanpää, H., Genzer, M., Sebastian, E., Lepinette, A., Kemppinen, O., Harri, A.-M., Gómez-Elvira, J., Gómez, F., Martin, D., Mahaffy, P.R., Manning, H., and the MSL Science Team (2013) MSL/REMS Measurements of Conditions During MSL/SAM Atmospheric Ingestion Events. 44th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, Abstract 1697. [2.8MB poster PDF]


Wong, M.H. (2012) Lightcurve of the 2012 Jupiter impact from saturated imaging data. IOPW Atmospheres workshop, at the Division for Planetary Sciences Meeting of the AAS, 17 October, Reno NV.

Wong, M.H., Fletcher, L.N., Marchis, F., Orton, G.S. (2011) SOFIA/FORCAST observations of Jupiter: The South Equatorial Belt fade/revival cycle. SOFIA Workshop, 7-8 November, Moffett Field CA. [0.9MB poster PDF]

Wong, M.H., Marcus, P.S., Asay-Davis, X., de Pater, I., Go, C.Y., and Shetty, S. (2011) Oval BA (and the Great Red Spot) extend down to a supersolar water cloud layer in Jupiter's atmosphere. 43rd Annual Meeting of the Division for Planetary Science of the AAS and European Planetary Science Congress Meeting, 2-7 October, Nantes, France.


Wong, M.H. (2010) Fringing in the WFC3/UVIS detector. 2010 STScI Calibration Workshop, 21-23 July, Baltimore MD. [1.2MB proceedings draft PDF]

Wong, M.H., Kasper, T., Marschall, J., de Pater, I., Romani, P.N., Kalogerakis, K.S. (2010) Depletion of ammonia gas onto Jovian ices. 42nd Annual Meeting of the Division for Planetary Science of the AAS, 3-8 Oct., Pasadena CA. [532k Poster PDF]

Wong, M.H., Hammel, H.B., Clarke, J.T., de Pater, I., Fletcher, L.N., Hueso, R., Noll, K.S., Orton, G.S., Pérez-Hoyos, S., Sánchez-Lavega, A., Simon-Miller, A.A., Yanamandra-Fisher, P.A. (2010) Evolution of the 2009 impact on Jupiter: high-resolution HST UV/optical imaging. European Geosciences Union General Assembly, 2-7 May, Vienna, Austria, EGU2010-5513. [40k Abstract PDF]

Wong, M.H., Malumuth, E.M., Kalirai, J.S., Sabbi, E., WFC3 Team (2010) WFC3: Correction of UVIS Fringing Effects at Long Wavelengths. 215th American Astronomical Society Meeting, 3-8 January, Washington DC. [link]


Wong, M.H., Lii, P.S., de Pater, I., Marchis, F. (2009) Time Variability Of The Equatorial Haze In Jupiter's Upper Troposphere. 41st Annual Meeting of the Division for Planetary Science of the AAS, 4-9 Oct., Fajardo PR.

Wong, M.H., Ádámkovics, M., Benecchi, S., Bjoraker, G., Clarke, J.T., de Pater, I., Hendrix, A.R., Marchis, F., McGrath, M., Noll, K., Rages, K.A., Retherford, K., Smith, E.H., Strange, N.J. (2009) A Dedicated Space Observatory For Time-domain Solar System Science. 41st DPS Meeting, Fajardo PR.

Wong, M.H., M. Ádámkovics, F. Marchis, I. de Pater, G. Delory, K.A. Rages, H.B. Hammel (2009) Time-domain solar system science. Beyond JWST: The Next Steps in UV-Optical-NIR Space Astronomy. 26-27 March, Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore MD. [6.6MB PDF poster]


Wong, M.H., F. Marchis, E. Marchetti, P. Amico, S. Tordo, H. Bouy, I. de Pater (2008) A shift in Jupiter's equatorial haze distribution imaged with the Multi-Conjugate Adaptive Optics Demonstrator at the VLT. Presented at 40th Annual Meeting of the Division of Planetary Science of the American Astronomical Society, Ithaca NY. Abstract 41.14. [link]


Wong, M.H. (2007) Equatorial clouds and haze before, during, and after Jupiter's global upheaval. Fall AGU Meeting, 10-14 December, San Francisco. [895k PDF poster]

Wong, M.H., K.S. Kalogerakis, J. Marschall, A.U. Oza, P.A. Engel, R.T. Meharchand (2007) Masking Jupiter's ammonia-ice spectral signatures—The effects of size, shape, and coatings. In Workshop on Planetary Atmospheres, pp. 130–131. LPI Contribution No. 1376, Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston TX. [648k PDF poster]

Wong, M.H., de Pater, I., Baines, K.H., Lockwood, S., and Lii, P., (2007) The Drying Effect of Jovian Thunderstorms. 39th Annual Meeting of the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society, Orlando FL.

Ádámkovics, M., Wong, M.H., Laver, C., and de Pater, I. (2007) Detection of Condensed Phase Methane in Titan's Lower Atmosphere with Near-IR Spectra from Keck/OSIRIS. 39th Annual DPS Meeting, Orlando FL.

Berthier, J., Marchis, F., Descamps, P., Assafin, M., Bouley, S., Colas, F., Dubos, G., Emery, J.P., De Cat, P., Farrell, J.A., Leroy, A., Pauwels, T., Pollock, J.T., Reddy, V., Sada, P.V., Vingerhoets, P., Vachier, F., Vieira-Martins, R., Wong, M.H., Reichart, D.E., Ivarsen, K.M., Crain, J.A., LaCluyze, A.P., and Nysewander, M.C. (2007) An Observing Campaign of the Mutual Events Within (617) Patroclus-Menoetius Binary Trojan System. 39th Annual DPS Meeting, Orlando FL.

Go, C., de Pater, I., Rogers, J., Orton, G., Marcus, P., Wong, M.H., Yanamandra-Fischer, P.A., and Joels, J., (2007) The Global Upheaval of Jupiter. 39th Annual DPS Meeting, Orlando FL.

Perez-Hoyos, S., Sanchez-Lavega, A., Orton, G., Hueso, R., Garcia-Melendo, E., Simon-Miller, A., Rojas, J.F., Karkoschka, E., de Pater, I., Wong, M.H., Pinilla-Alonso, N., Pujic, Z., Parker, D., and Lorenzi, V., (2007) The 2007 Jupiter's North Temperate Belt Disturbance. II. Vertical cloud structure models. 39th Annual DPS Meeting, Orlando FL.

Sicardy, B., Widemann, T., Colas, F., Doressoundiram, A., Lecacheux, J., Vachier, F., Beisker, W., Assafin, M., Camargo, J., da Silva Neto, D., Ribas, F.B., Andrei, A., Vieira Martins, R., Behrend, R., Hubbard, W., Larson, S., Marchis, F., Wong, M.H., Severson, S., Dunham, D., Warner, B.D., Peterson, C., Molnar, L., George, T., Maley, P., Coziol, R., Choi, Y., ESO team, Bath, K., and Kretlow, M. (2007) Pluto's Atmospheric Activity, Ephemeris Offset and Satellite Detections from Observations in 2007. 39th Annual DPS Meeting, Orlando FL.

Marcus, P., Asay-Davis, X., Wong, M.H., Go, C., and de Pater, I., (2007) Jupiter's New Red Oval -- Its Relation to Global Changes. 39th Annual DPS Meeting, Orlando FL.

Sanchez-Lavega, A., Orton, G.S., Hueso, R., Garcia-Melendo, E., Perez-Hoyos, S., Simon-Miller, A., Rojas, J.F., Gomez, J.M., Yanamandra-Fisher, P.A., Fletcher, L., Joels, J., Kemerer, J., Hora, J., Karkoschka, E., de Pater, I., Wong, M.H., Marcus, P.S., Pinilla, N. and the International Outer Planet Watch (IOPW) (2007) The 2007 Jupiter's North Temperate Belt Disturbance: I. Overview and jet stream changes. 39th Annual DPS Meeting, Orlando FL.


Wong, M.H., de Pater, I., Sault, R.J., Lockwood, S., and Marchis, F. (2006) Comprehensive Jupiter Ammonia Map. 38th Annual Meeting of the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society, Pasadena CA.

Marcus, P., Asay-Davis, X., Shetty, S., de Pater, I., Wong, M., Lockwood, S., and Go, C. (2006) Velocities and Temperatures of Jupiter's Great Red Spot and the New Red Oval and Their Implications for Global Climate Change. 38th Annual DPS Meeting, Pasadena CA.

Kalogerakis, K.S., Oza, A.U., Marschall, J., and Wong, M.H. (2006) Studies on Ammonia Spectral Signatures Relevant to Jupiter's Clouds. 38th Annual DPS Meeting, Pasadena CA.

Marchis, F., Berthier, J., Wong, M.H., Descamps, P., Hestroffer, D., Colas, F., de Pater, I., and Vachier, F. (2006) Search of Binary Jupiter-Trojan Asteroids with Laser Guide Star AO systems: a moon around 624 Hektor. 38th Annual DPS Meeting, Pasadena CA.

Asay-Davis, X., Shetty, S., Marcus, P.S., de Pater, I., Lockwood, S., Wong, M., and Go, C. (2006) Extraction of Velocity Fields from HST Image Pairs of Jupiter's Great Red Spot, New Red Oval, and Zonal Jet Streams. 38th Annual DPS Meeting, Pasadena CA.

Shetty, S., Marcus, P.S., Asay-Davis, X., de Pater, I., Wong, M., Lockwood, S., and Go, C. (2006) Modeling and Data Assimilation of the Velocity Fields of Jupiter's Great Red Spot, New Red Oval, and Zonal Jet Streams. 38th Annual DPS Meeting, Pasadena CA.

Go, C.Y., de Pater, I., Wong, M., Lockwood, S., Marcus, P., Asay-Davis, X., and Shetty, S., (2006) Evolution Of The Oval BA During 2004-2005. 38th Annual DPS Meeting, Pasadena CA.


Wong, M.H., I. de Pater (2005) Ammonia plumes in the Great Red Spot turbulent wake. 37th Annual DPS Meeting, Cambridge UK.

Wong, M.H., I. de Pater, H.G. Roe, M.R. Showalter (2004) Groundbased near-IR spectroscopy of Jupiter's main ring. 36th Annual DPS Meeting, Louisville KY.

Wong, M.H., G.L. Bjoraker, M.D. Smith, F.M. Flasar, C.A. Nixon (2003) Identification of Jupiter's 10-μm ammonia ice feature in CIRS data. 35th Annual DPS Meeting, Monterey CA.

Wong, M.H., M.D. Smith, G.L. Bjoraker (2002) Modeling the 10-μm ammonia ice feature with non-spherical scattering. Jupiter after Galileo and Cassini: A conference about the giant planets, Lisbon, Portugal.

Wong, M.H. and P.R. Mahaffy, (2001) Revised deep water mixing ratio in the Galileo Probe Entry Site from GPMS measurements. 33rd Annual DPS Meeting, New Orleans LA.

Roos-Serote, M., S.K. Atreya, M.H. Wong, P. Irwin, and P. Drossart (2001) Jovian tropospheric cloud structure from Galileo/NIMS 5 micron observations. 33rd Annual DPS Meeting, New Orleans LA.

Wong, M.H. (2000) Unsolved mysteries of the entraining downdraft model for Jupiter. At the Informal Jupiter Workshop in Lisboa, Portugal.

Mahaffy, P.R., H.B. Niemann, S.K. Atreya, M.H. Wong, and T.C. Owen (2000) Ammonia 15N/14N Isotope Ratio in the Jovian Atmosphere. 32nd Annual DPS Meeting, Pasadena CA.

Hunten, D.M., A.L. Sprague, and M.H. Wong (2000) Jovian hydrocarbons in the 10 bar region. 32nd Annual DPS Meeting, Pasadena CA.

Wong, M.H., S.K. Atreya, and P.R. Mahaffy (1999) Error analysis of Galileo Probe Mass Spectrometer atmospheric mixing ratio measurements. 31st Annual DPS Meeting, Padova, Italy.

Wong, M.H., S.K. Atreya, and P.N. Romani (1998) Entrainment in the Galileo Probe Site downdraft. 30th Annual DPS Meeting, Madison WI.

Atreya, S.K., T.C. Owen, M.H. Wong (1996) Condensible volatiles, clouds, and implications for meteorology in the Galileo Probe entry region. 28th Annual DPS Meeting, Tucson AZ.


Group achievement awards

SAM Group Achievement Award (2013) Presented by NASA, on 10 October, to the MSL SAM Instrument Development and Science Team, "For exceptional achievement defining SAM's scientific goals and requirements, developing the instrument suite and investigation, and operating SAM successfully on Mars."

Hubble Servicing Mission 4 Group Achievement Award (2010) Presented by NASA.