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Speaker: Ben Bussey, Johns Hopkins University – Applied Physics Laboratory
Title: “Characterizing Luna Incognita”
- Study the geology of the poles
- Characterize the surface and subsurface properties
- Evaluate the ability to conduct surface operations, regolith excavation, and drilling
- Evaluate potential instrumentation for science conducted from and on the Moon
Biography: Ben Bussey is a planetary scientist at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. He earned a BA in Physics from Oxford University and a Ph.D. in planetary geology at University College London before moving to the States. He gained both science and mission experience while working at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, the European Space Agency, and Northwestern University, before joining the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory where is the Assistant Group supervisor of the planetaryexploration group.Ben’s research concentrates on the remote sensing of the surfaces of planets, particularly the Moon. He has a particular interest in the lunar poles, producing the first quantitative illumination maps of the polar regions. He co-authored the Clementine Atlas of the Moon, thefirst atlas to map both the lunar near side and far side in a systematic manner.
In addition to being PI of a NLSI team he is also PI of the Mini-RF radar instrument on NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. This instrument, together with Arecibo telescope, is currently acquiring unique bistatic radar data to search for polar ice deposits.
He enjoys planetary analogue field work and has been fortunate to have twice ben part of the ANSMET (Antarctic Search for Meteorites) expedition to recover meteorites from the Antarctic glaciers.