Jean-Baptiste Vincent


Released a new version of shapeViewer and an interactive mission dashboard.
ZY Lin and JB Vincent have published a study of Dimorphos' tail in Astronomy & Astrophysics.
5 DART papers have been published in Nature.
DLR press release about our involvement with the DART mission.

I am a planetary scientist working with space missions and ground based observations of Solar System objects. I am currently based at the DLR Institute of Planetary Research in Berlin, Germany (Curriculum vitae)

My research focuses on the evolution of asteroid and comets, through studies of their surface properties and activity. These objects are remnants from the early age of our Solar System, the bricks that form planets, and perhaps the source of water and organic material on our Earth.

Observations only give us access to their current surface, which has been heavily processed for billions of years. Understanding this evolution and the physical processes responsible is the key to decipher the formation and evolution of the Solar System.

I am Co-Investigator of several space missions: Rosetta, Dawn, MASCOT, DART, Hera, MMX, with direct access to in-situ observations of asteroids and comets.

I currently lead or co-lead working groups in upcoming projects:

My work has led to new ideas on cometary activity, comet and asteroids surface evolution, crater morphology and physical properties of the regolith. (publications).

Dust jets of comet 67P

Dust jets of comet 67P (© ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA)

Close view of asteroid (21) Lutetia

Asteroid (21)Lutetia (© ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA)


Dr. Jean-Baptiste Vincent
mail: jean-baptiste.vincent[at]
mail: jb.vincent[at]