Airborne Survey of Polar Ice 2013
NASA IceBridge, a six-year NASA mission, is the largest airborne survey of Earth's polar ice ever conducted and on 13 August 2013, you can learn more about this amazing research!
Join Mark and the team for a LIVE PolarConnect event. To learn more and register, go here.
You can also read all of Mark's journals as well as revisit Tim Spuck's work from 2012.
Meet the Team
Teacher - Mark Buesing
Mark Buesing confesses that he is not a teacher. At least that's not what he started out as. Mr. Buesing graduated with honors in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois - Urbana. He worked at both Hughes Aircraft in the Missile Development Division and Motorola in the Cellular Subscriber Division.
In college Mr. Buesing started bicycle racing. As he began receiving wider recognition as a bicycle racer, he accepted an offer to race full time and left Motorola on good terms. While racing, he was selected to train at the Olympic Training Center, was twice the Illinois Rider of the Year, and rode in the 1992 Olympic Trials.
During an off-season from cycling, a physics teacher at a local high school quit. A friend called and asked Mr. Buesing if he could fill in until the school could find a "real" teacher. Mr. Buesing loved engineering, but after a few days in the classroom, felt a calling to be a teacher; he had accidentally discovered what he was meant to do. After retiring from cycling Mr. Buesing completed a Master's in Education and embarked on a teaching career.
"Mr. Mark," as his students call him, teaches Physics and AP Physics at Libertyville High School. He is the head cross country coach and coaches the school's academic decathlon team. He lives in Bristol, WI with his wife, two children, and a dog.
Researcher - Michael Studinger
Michael Studinger is the Project Scientist for NASA's Operation IceBridge.
He received a Ph.D. in Geophysics from the University of Bremen and the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Germany, in 1998. He has been a research scientist for 12 years at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in New York. In 2010, he joined the Cryospheric Sciences Laboratory at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.
Michael's research interests include physical processes in polar regions linking subglacial environments, ice sheet dynamics, and life in extreme environments, such as subglacial lakes. He is using integrated sets of aerogeophysical data, including gravity, magnetics, ice-penetrating radar, and laser altimeter measurements, to answer key questions in glaciology. His main research projects focus on the role of subglacial environments in a global framework.
Science Outreach Coordinator - George Hale
Project Manager - Christy Hansen
Christy Hansen is Operation IceBridge's Project Manager, and handles all phases of IceBridge from planning and mission operations, to managing data product delivery and meeting all of the project's requirements. She works with all branches of IceBridge, including the aircraft offices, instrument teams, logistics teams, science teams, data center and education/outreach teams. Christy's experience comes from more than 10 years of training astronauts as an instructor in the extra-vehicular activity group and as a flight controller in the Mission Operations Directorate at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. In her career with NASA, Christy has worked with the Space Shuttle, International Space Station, and Hubble Space Telescope programs.
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|Getting MAD about Magnetics||Overview NASA's Operation IceBridge images Earth's polar ice in unprecedented detail to better...||Lesson|
|Lesson: Is Greenland Really THAT Big?||Overview NASA's Operation IceBridge images Earth's polar ice in unprecedented detail to better...||Lesson|
|Mark Buesing and NASA IceBridge||13 August 2013||This one hour live web event is hosted by Mark Buesing. Mark worked with the NASA IceBridge team to...||Event|
|PolarTREC and NASA's Operation IceBridge Presentation||20 May 2013||This presentation to the District 128 school board highlighted the science and adventure of NASA's...||Presentation|
|Libertyville High School teacher sharing lessons from Greenland NASA mission||24 May 2013||This article summarizes PolarTREC teacher Mark Buesing’s amazing and varied career as a cyclist,...||Article|
|Teacher from Bristol gets up close with Greenland ice studies||12 May 2013||PolarTREC teacher Mark Buesing is interviewed post-expedition talking about his work with NASA in...||Article|
|NASA's IceBridge finishing up successful Arctic campaign||30 April 2013||Article describing the final stages of this year's Operation IceBridge, the NASA campaign to...||Article|
|NASA Begins New Season Of Arctic Ice Science Flights||20 March 2013||Press release about the launch of Operation IceBridge's 2013 season of research activity and...||Article|
|Libertyville Teacher Heading to NASA Polar Project||13 February 2013||Chicago Tribune article describing PolaTREC teacher Mark Buesing's expedition to Greenland with...||Article|
|Libertyville teacher tapped by NASA||25 January 2013||Article describing PolarTREC teacher Mark Buesing's upcoming expedition to Greenland in April to...||Article|