Mark McCaughrean works for the European Space Agency, where he is the Senior Scientific Advisor in the Directorate of Science and Robotic Exploration, responsible for communicating the scientific results from ESA's astronomy, heliophysics, planetary and fundamental physics missions. He and his team currently have spacecraft working at Venus, Mars, Saturn, and around the Earth, as well as looking at the Sun. They are also building new missions to Mercury, Mars, and Jupiter's icy moons, as well as new space telescopes, some of which will be searching for Earth-like planets in orbit around nearby stars. He is an Interdisciplinary Scientist on the Science Working Group for the NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope. Prior to his current position, McCaughrean taught as a professor of Astrophysics at the University of Exeter. He has also worked in the U.K., the U.S., Germany, and the Netherlands, where his personal research involves observational studies of the formation of stars and their planetary systems using state-of-the-art ground and space-based telescopes. McCaughrean received a PhD from the University of Edinburgh.
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