courtesy of Dennis Mammana
Nansen is the Field Operations Coordinator
for Betchart Expeditions. Bob coordinates the leaders,
representatives, and the educational aspects of the
expeditions. Bob has had a varied career in outdoor
education from living in the Galapagos Islands, teaching
in California Community Colleges, an interpreter for
the U.S. National Park Service, and for the last 20
plus years leading educational expeditions for Betchart
Expeditions for the leading museums, zoos, universities,
and professional scientific organizations in the country.
Mammana has delivered the wonders and the mystery
of the cosmos to millions around the world during his
30 years as a astronomer.
Mammana has held positions at the Smithsonian Institution's
National Air & Space Museum, University of Arizona,
and San Diego's Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. Dennis
is the author of six astronomy books and has written
the "Stargazer", the only nationally syndicated
weekly newspaper column on astronomy in the United States.
Dennis now photographs the night sky from his home in
Southern California, lectures, leads astronomy tours,
and each winter finds him photographing the aurora in
Louis Friedman is the Executive Director and
cofounder of the Planetary Society. Dr. Friedman worked
at JLP planning deep space missions. His projects included
Mariner-Venus-Mercury, the Grand Tour (Voyager), Venus
Orbital Imaging Radar (Magellan), Halley Comet Rendezvous-Solar
Sail, and the Mars Program. He has accompanied TPS members
to Antarctica, Alaska Aurora Borealis, and is planning
to see the Solar Eclipse in Tibet in 2008.
Schurmeier served as the first Project Manager
for the Voyager Mission and became the Assistant Laboratory
Director of JPL in 1976. He served as Project Manager
for the Mars Balloon and Mars Rovers, two major projects
of The Planetary Society. He continues has involvement
with TPS as head of the review committee for the Cosmos
1 project. Bud has accompanied TPS members to Antarctica
and Alaska Aurora Borealis.
Hugh Kiefer received has doctorate in Planetary
Science at Cal Tech and taught at UCLA for 10 years.
In 1976 he joined the USGS Astrogeology group in Flagstaff
as a Research Geophysicist. He was the Principal Investigator
of the Viking Infrared Thermal Mapper and a Team Member
of servile airborne, earth orbiting instruments, and
was the lead author of the book, Mars.
Hugh has accompanied TPS members to see the Transit
of Venus in Scotland and accompanied members of the
American Association for the Advancement of Sciences