Dr. Steve Lee is Curator of Planetary Science and Chairman of the Department of Space Sciences at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science (DMNS), and is a Research Scientist at the Space Science Institute (SSI) in Boulder, CO. He is a curator and science advisor to the DMNS Space Odyssey exhibition and Gates Planetarium, and was the Science Content Coordinator for SSI's MarsQuest traveling exhibition. He received a PhD in Planetary Geology from Cornell University in 1984, joined DMNS in 2001, and joined SSI in 2006.
Dr. Lee's principal research interests are the interaction between the surface and atmosphere of Mars (utilizing spacecraft and telescopic observations) and data visualization techniques. He is a Co-Investigator on the Mars Color Imager (MARCI) and Context Imager (CTX), two of the camera systems launched to Mars aboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter mission in August 2005; these cameras just started operating in Mars orbit in September 2006.