David Bussey Print




:   Planetary scientist; Instrument Principal Investigator

:  Planetary

  Chandrayaan-1, Mini-SAR, LRO, Mini-RF

Degree Field of Study Year Attained Institution Name
Ph. D. Astronomy University of London
B. A. Physics Wadham College, Oxford

I am a planetary scientist whose main area of expertise is the Moon. I produced the first illumination maps of both lunar polar regions that identified the best locations for human exploration. I have research and management experience on a number of US and international space missions. I have conducted planetary analog fieldwork, including at remote locations in Antarctica. I have led multiple large research teams, including NASA Lunar Science Institute (NLSI) and Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI) teams. I enjoy conducting planetary analog fieldwork, and have twice participated in NASA sponsored Antarctic Search for Meteorites (ANSMET) expeditions which involved exploring the Antarctic plateau on snowmobiles, based out of a tent camp. I have additional field experience including planetary analog locations in Hawaii and Arizona. I was the Principal Investigator (PI) for the Mini-RF radar on NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. In addition I have served as the Acting Deputy Associate Administrator for Exploration in NASA's Science Mission Directorate, running the Exploration Science Startegy & Integration Office.  I was selected to be the Chief Exploration Scientist for NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate. Significant responsibilities included: co-leading the Mars Human Landing Site Study and serving as the NASA representative on the International Space Exploration Coordination Group.

AGU Index Category AGU Index Sub-Category
PLANETARY SCIENCES: SOLID SURFACE PLANETS Surface materials and properties
Start Year End Year Description
2002 Current Planetary Exploration Group, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory
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Lynn M. Carter, Bruce A. Campbell, Catherine D. Neish, Michael C. Nolan, G. Wesley Patterson, J. Robert Jensen, D. B. J. Bussey, (2017), A Comparison of Radar Polarimetry Data of the Moon From the LRO Mini-RF Instrument and Earth-Based Systems, Ieee Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 55, 1915-1927

G. W. Patterson, A. M. Stickle, F. S. Turner, J. R. Jensen, D. B. J. Bussey, P. Spudis, R. C. Espiritu, R. C. Schulze, D. A. Yocky, D. E. Wahl, M. Zimmerman, J. T. S. Cahill, M. Nolan, L. Carter, C. D. Neish, R. K. Raney, B. J. Thomson, R. Kirk, T. W. Thompson, B. L. Tise, I. A. Erteza, C. V. Jakowatz, (2017), Bistatic radar observations of the Moon using Mini-RF on LRO and the Arecibo Observatory, Icarus, 283, 2-19

D. B. J. Bussey, J. C. Worms, J. Schlutz, F. Spiero, (2016), THE ISECG SCIENCE WHITE PAPER: SCIENCE ENABLED BY HUMAN EXPLORATION, Meteoritics & Planetary Science, 51, A191

Jennifer L. Heldmann, Anthony Colaprete, Richard C. Elphic, Ben Bussey, Andrew McGovern, Ross Beyer, David Lees, Matt Deans, (2016), Site selection and traverse planning to support a lunar polar rover mission: A case study at Haworth Crater, Acta Astronautica, 127, 308-320

A. M. Stickle, G. W. Patterson, J. T. S. Cahill, D. B. J. Bussey, (2016), Mini-RF and LROC observations of mare crater layering relationships, Icarus, 273, 224-236

Joshua T. S. Cahill, B. J. Thomson, G. Wesley Patterson, D. Benjamin J. Bussey, Catherine D. Neish, Norberto R. Lopez, F. Scott Turner, T. Aldridge, M. McAdam, H. M. Meyer, R. K. Raney, L. M. Carter, P. D. Spudis, H. Hiesinger, J. H. Pasckert, (2014), The Miniature Radio Frequency instrument's (Mini-RF) global observations of Earth's Moon, Icarus, 243, 173-190

Erica R. Jawin, Walter S. Kiefer, Caleb I. Fassett, D. Benjamin J. Bussey, Joshua T. S. Cahill, M. Darby Dyar, Samuel J. Lawrence, Paul D. Spudis, (2014), The relationship between radar scattering and surface roughness of lunar volcanic features, Journal of Geophysical Research-Planets, 119, 2331-2348

P. G. Lucey, G. A. Neumann, M. A. Riner, E. Mazarico, D. E. Smith, M. T. Zuber, D. A. Paige, D. B. Bussey, J. T. Cahill, A. McGovern, P. Isaacson, L. M. Corley, M. H. Torrence, H. J. Melosh, J. W. Head, E. Song, (2014), The global albedo of the Moon at 1064 nm from LOLA, Journal of Geophysical Research-Planets, 119, 1665-1679

Tyler D. Robinson, Kimberly Ennico, Victoria S. Meadows, William Sparks, D. Ben J. Bussey, Edward W. Schwieterman, Jonathan Breiner, (2014), DETECTION OF OCEAN GLINT AND OZONE ABSORPTION USING LCROSS EARTH OBSERVATIONS, Astrophysical Journal, 787

J. Andrew McGovern, D. Benjamin Bussey, Benjamin T. Greenhagen, David A. Paige, Joshua T. S. Cahill, Paul D. Spudis, (2013), Mapping and characterization of non-polar permanent shadows on the lunar surface, Icarus, 223, 566-581

P. D. Spudis, D. B. J. Bussey, S. M. Baloga, J. T. S. Cahill, L. S. Glaze, G. W. Patterson, R. K. Raney, T. W. Thompson, B. J. Thomson, E. A. Ustinov, (2013), Evidence for water ice on the moon: Results for anomalous polar craters from the LRO Mini-RF imaging radar, Journal of Geophysical Research-Planets, 118, 2016-2029

Diego De Rosa, Ben Bussey, Joshua T. Cahill, Tobias Lutz, Ian A. Crawford, Terence Hackwill, Stephan van Gasselt, Gerhard Neukum, Lars Witte, Andy McGovern, Peter M. Grindrod, James D. Carpenter, (2012), Characterisation of potential landing sites for the European Space Agency's Lunar Lander project, Planetary and Space Science, 74, 224-246

David A. Kring, Jack O. Burns, D. Ben J. Bussey, (2012), Timely reminder to return to the Moon, Nature, 490, 487

R. Keith Raney, Paul D. Spudis, Ben Bussey, Jason Crusan, J. Robert Jensen, W. Marinelli, Priscilla McKerracher, Catherine Neish, Marzban Palsetia, Ron Schulze, H. Brian Sequeira, Helene Winters, (2011), The Lunar Mini-RF Radars: Hybrid Polarimetric Architecture and Initial Results, Proceedings of the Ieee, 99, 808-823

Stewart Nozette, Paul Spudis, Ben Bussey, Robert Jensen, Keith Raney, Helene Winters, Christopher L. Lichtenberg, William Marinelli, Jason Crusan, Michele Gates, Mark Robinson, (2010), The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Miniature Radio Frequency (Mini-RF) Technology Demonstration, Space Science Reviews, 150, 285-302

Paul Spudis, Stewart Nozette, Ben Bussey, Keith Raney, Helene Winters, Christopher L. Lichtenberg, William Marinelli, Jason C. Crusan, Michele M. Gates, (2009), Mini-SAR: an imaging radar experiment for the Chandrayaan-1 mission to the Moon, Current Science, 96, 533-539

Paul D. Spudis, Ben Bussey, Jeffrey Plescia, Jean-Luc Josset, Stephane Beauvivre, (2008), Geology of Shackleton Crater and the south pole of the Moon, Geophysical Research Letters, 35

K. Righter, B. Bussey, (2006), Mineralogy and petrology of the mare basalt-rich breccia MET 01210, Meteoritics & Planetary Science, 41, A148

DB Bussey, PD Spudis, (2000), Compositional studies of the Orientale, Humorum, Nectaris, and Crisium lunar basins, Journal of Geophysical Research-Planets, 105, 4235-4243

DB Bussey, PD Spudis, MS Robinson, (1999), Illumination conditions at the lunar south pole, Geophysical Research Letters, 26, 1187-1190