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David Bussey

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Planetary scientist; Instrument Principal Investigator
240-228-6163
  • 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.

Scholarly Publications

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, 2017
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

Bistatic radar observations of the Moon using Mini-RF on LRO and the Arecibo Observatory

Icarus, 2017
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

THE ISECG SCIENCE WHITE PAPER: SCIENCE ENABLED BY HUMAN EXPLORATION

Meteoritics & Planetary Science, 2016
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

Site selection and traverse planning to support a lunar polar rover mission: A case study at Haworth Crater

Acta Astronautica, 2016
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

Mini-RF and LROC observations of mare crater layering relationships

Icarus, 2016
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

The Miniature Radio Frequency instrument's (Mini-RF) global observations of Earth's Moon

Icarus, 2014
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

The relationship between radar scattering and surface roughness of lunar volcanic features

Journal of Geophysical Research-Planets, 2014
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

The global albedo of the Moon at 1064 nm from LOLA

Journal of Geophysical Research-Planets, 2014
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

DETECTION OF OCEAN GLINT AND OZONE ABSORPTION USING LCROSS EARTH OBSERVATIONS

Astrophysical Journal, 2014
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

Mapping and characterization of non-polar permanent shadows on the lunar surface

Icarus, 2013
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

Evidence for water ice on the moon: Results for anomalous polar craters from the LRO Mini-RF imaging radar

Journal of Geophysical Research-Planets, 2013
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

Characterisation of potential landing sites for the European Space Agency's Lunar Lander project

Planetary and Space Science, 2012
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

Timely reminder to return to the Moon

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

The Lunar Mini-RF Radars: Hybrid Polarimetric Architecture and Initial Results

Proceedings of the Ieee, 2011
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

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Miniature Radio Frequency (Mini-RF) Technology Demonstration

Space Science Reviews, 2010
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

Mini-SAR: an imaging radar experiment for the Chandrayaan-1 mission to the Moon

Current Science, 2009
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

Geology of Shackleton Crater and the south pole of the Moon

Geophysical Research Letters, 2008
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

Mineralogy and petrology of the mare basalt-rich breccia MET 01210

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

Compositional studies of the Orientale, Humorum, Nectaris, and Crisium lunar basins

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

Illumination conditions at the lunar south pole

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