The Human Exploration & Operations Mission Directorate of NASA recently announced Dr. Ben Bussey will be their Chief Exploration Scientist.
Outgoing acting HEOMD Chief Exploration Scientist John Connolly said, “I’m pleased this announcement is out and thrilled to welcome Ben to the intersection of human exploration and space science! Congratulations Ben!”
DR. Ben Bussey is an American planetary scientist who received a Ph.D. in planetary geology at University College London, England. He specializes in the remote sensing of planetary surfaces. He participated in the Near-Earth Asteroid Rendezvous-Shoemaker (NEAR) mission as a research scholar at Northwestern University, and co-authored an atlas of the Moon based on data and images from the Clementine mission. He has a particular interest in the lunar poles, using the Clementine images to locate crater cold traps for hydrogen deposits and mapping the so-called peaks of eternal light.
He worked at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston and the European Space Agency, before joining the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL) and becoming a senior staff scientist at that facility. There Bussey served NASA as the deputy principal investigator for the Mini-RF instrument onboard NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) and as an Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) program scientist.
Furthermore, Bussey served as a Principal Investigator (PI) for NASA SSERVI’s “Volatiles, Regolith and Thermal Investigations Consortium for Exploration and Science (VORTICES)” team, and was also a PI for the NASA Lunar Science Institute, leading a team of researchers in the “Scientific and Exploration Potential of the Lunar Poles.” His team furthered our understanding of the lunar polar regions, which were once regarded as “Luna incognita” (the unknown Moon)– now the lunar poles are as well known, and in some case better known, than the rest of the Moon. Thanks to the work of Bussey and his team, “luna incognita” became “luna cognita.”
We wish Ben all the very best in his new position!
Posted by: Soderman/SSERVI Staff