Jim Bell

Biography

Jim Bell is a planetary scientist, educator, author, public speaker, and President of The Planetary Society. He works at Arizona State University and is heavily involved in NASA solar system exploration missions like those of the Mars rovers Spirit, Opportunity, and Curiosity.  In 2011 he received the Carl Sagan Medal for Excellence in Public Communication from the American Astronomical Society. He is an avid writer for space-related magazines and blogs, and often appears in media interviews on space-related topics (check out Jim Bell's YouTube channel). His popular science and space photography books include Postcards from Mars (Dutton, 2006), Mars 3-D (Sterling, 2008), Moon 3-D (Sterling, 2009), The Space Book (Sterling, 2013) and most recently, The Interstellar Age (Dutton, 2015). Jim is a Professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration at ASU and is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Astronomy at Cornell University.

Jim is an active public speaker for both public and academic audiences, and as a member of the Penguin author's speaker's bureau, his talks cover a wide variety of space-related topics, with book talks on topics ranging from Exploring Mars with Rovers (Postcards from Mars), Viewing the Solar System in 3-D (Mars 3-D, Moon 3-D), and The Future of Space Exploration (The Space Book, The Interstellar Age), and other public-audience talks related to topics such as The Search for Life in the Universe, The Role of Science and Exploration in Society, and Building Bridges Between Engineers and Scientists.

Education

Ph.D.: 1992, University of Hawaii at Manoa;  Planetary Geosciences

M.S.: 1989, University of Hawaii at Manoa; Geology and Geophysics

B.S.: 1987, California Institute of Technology; Planetary Science and Aeronautics

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Research Interests

            " Surface composition and geology of terrestrial planets, moons, asteroids, comets

            " Spacecraft instrumentation and operations (multispectral imaging and spectroscopy)

            " Reflectance & emittance spectroscopy (telescopic, laboratory, spacecraft)

            " Image processing and data reduction/calibration/analysis (telescopic, spacecraft)

Research Group

http://jimbell.sese.asu.edu/research-group

Publications

http://molokai.sese.asu.edu/~jimbo/Bell_Pubs.pdf

Research Activity

  • Hardgrove,Craig J*, Barnaby,Hugh James, Bell III,James. Next Generation Neutron and Gamma-Ray Spectrometer for Planetary Spacecraft. NASA-GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CTR(8/20/2015 - 8/19/2018).
  • Finn,Edward Frederick*, Finn,Edward Frederick*, Bell III,James, Miller,Clark Anson, Wylie,Ruth. Narrative Projections for Commercial Space Futures. NASA(7/1/2015 - 6/30/2016).
  • Bell III,James*. Mastcam-Z: A Geologic Stereoscopic and Multispectral Investigation for the NASA Mars-2020 Rover Mission. JPL(8/26/2014 - 10/31/2016).
  • Bell III,James*. Planetary Robotics Vision Data Exploration (PRoViDE). (2/1/2014 - 12/31/2015).
  • Bell III,James*, Asphaug,Erik, Saripalli,Srikanth. Student Led Design of Scientific Investigations for Small Body Exploration with Nanosats. JPL(11/6/2013 - 9/28/2014).
  • Bell III,James*. Technology Development for a Topographic Imager on the NASA Europa Clipper Mission. NASA-GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CTR(9/1/2013 - 8/31/2015).
  • Bell III,James*. Reconstructing the Tectonic Evolution of the Moon- Student: Nathan Williams. NASA-GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CTR(9/1/2012 - 8/31/2015).
  • Bell III,James*, Finn,Edward Frederick. Imaging and Spectroscopic Studies of the Martian Surface. NASA-GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CTR(5/16/2012 - 5/15/2016).
  • Bell III,James*. MINERALOGIC AND MORPHOLOGIC ANALYSIS OF THE MOON DURING LRO OPERATIONS. NASA-GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CTR(5/8/2012 - 5/7/2015).
  • Bell III,James*. Mineralogic and Morphologic Studies of Mars and Implications for Observed Water-Rock Interactions. NASA-GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CTR(3/17/2011 - 3/16/2013).
  • Saripalli,Srikanth*, Bell III,James. A High Resolution Short-Wave Near IR Imager for the Ames K-10 Rover. SGT(1/12/2011 - 5/31/2013).
  • Bell III,James*. MSL Mastcam MAHLI MARDI Science Team Co-I Research. MALIN SPACE(1/1/2011 - 9/30/2016).
  • Bell III,James*. Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter MARCI and CTX Team Co-I Activities. MALIN SPACE(1/1/2011 - 11/30/2014).
  • Bell III,James*, Greeley,Ronald. NESSF: Onboard event and feature detection to enhance science for a potential Europa flagship mission (Melissa Bunte). NASA-GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CTR(9/1/2010 - 8/31/2015).

Courses

Summer 2018
Course Number Course Title
SES 592 Research
SES 692 Research
SES 792 Research
SES 799 Dissertation
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
SES 692 Research
SES 792 Research
SES 799 Dissertation
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
SES 692 Research
SES 792 Research
SES 799 Dissertation
Summer 2017
Course Number Course Title
SES 692 Research
SES 792 Research
SES 799 Dissertation
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
SES 122 Earth/Solar System/Universe II
SES 124 Earth/Solar Sys/Universe Lb II
SES 394 Special Topics
AST 592 Research
GLG 592 Research
GLG 599 Thesis
AST 692 Research
SES 692 Research
GLG 692 Research
SES 792 Research
GLG 792 Research
AST 792 Research
SES 799 Dissertation
AST 799 Dissertation
GLG 799 Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
SES 121 Earth/Solar System/Universe I
SES 123 Earth,Solar Sys,Universe Lab I
SES 494 Special Topics
GLG 592 Research
SES 598 Special Topics
GLG 599 Thesis
GLG 692 Research
SES 692 Research
AST 692 Research
GLG 792 Research
SES 792 Research
SES 799 Dissertation
GLG 799 Dissertation
AST 799 Dissertation
Summer 2016
Course Number Course Title
GLG 592 Research
AST 692 Research
GLG 792 Research
GLG 799 Dissertation
Spring 2016
Course Number Course Title
SES 122 Earth/Solar System/Universe II
SES 124 Earth/Solar Sys/Universe Lb II
SES 394 Special Topics
GLG 591 Seminar
GLG 592 Research
AST 592 Research
GLG 599 Thesis
AST 692 Research
GLG 692 Research
GLG 792 Research
AST 792 Research
GLG 799 Dissertation
AST 799 Dissertation
Fall 2015
Course Number Course Title
SES 121 Earth/Solar System/Universe I
SES 123 Earth,Solar Sys,Universe Lab I
SES 494 Special Topics
GLG 591 Seminar
GLG 592 Research
SES 598 Special Topics
GLG 599 Thesis
GLG 692 Research
AST 692 Research
GLG 792 Research
AST 799 Dissertation
GLG 799 Dissertation
Summer 2015
Course Number Course Title
GLG 592 Research
GLG 792 Research
Spring 2015
Course Number Course Title
SES 122 Earth/Solar System/Universe II
SES 124 Earth/Solar Sys/Universe Lb II
AST 592 Research
GLG 592 Research
GLG 599 Thesis
AST 692 Research
GLG 692 Research
AST 792 Research
GLG 792 Research
AST 799 Dissertation
GLG 799 Dissertation
Fall 2014
Course Number Course Title
SES 121 Earth/Solar System/Universe I
SES 123 Earth,Solar Sys,Universe Lab I
GLG 494 Special Topics
SES 494 Special Topics
SES 598 Special Topics
Spring 2014
Course Number Course Title
GLG 494 Special Topics
AST 494 Special Topics
GLG 598 Special Topics
AST 598 Special Topics
Fall 2013
Course Number Course Title
GLG 404 Fundamentals Planetary Geology
GLG 494 Special Topics
GLG 598 Special Topics

Honors/Awards

            ASU/SESE "Best Undergraduate Professor" Award (by student vote), 2015-2016

            NASA Group Achievement Awards (2), MSL/Curiosity Science Team, 2015-2017

            NASA Group Achievement Award, MSL/Curiosity Operations Team, 2013

            Carl Sagan Medal for Excellence in Public Communication, AAS/DPS, 2011

            NASA Group Achievement Award, MRO MARCI and CTX Science Team, 2011

            NASA Group Achievement Award, Phoenix Mission Support Team, 2008

            NASA Group Achievement Awards (2), MER 3rd & 4th Extended Missions, 2008

            National Academy of Sciences Kavli Fellow, 2007

            NASA Group Achievement Award, Mars Odyssey Primary Mission, 2006

            National Air and Space Museum Trophy, Mars Exploration Rover Team, 2005

            NASA Group Achievement Awards (2), MER 1st, 2nd Extended Missions, 2004-2005

            NASA Group Achievement Awards (2), MER Primary Mission, 2004

            NASA Group Achievement Award, NEAR/Eros mission, 2001         

            Awarded asteroid name 8146 Jimbell by the IAU, 1999

            Editor's Letter of Commendation, Icarus, 1997

            NASA Group Achievement Award, Mars Pathfinder mission, 1997

            NASA Group Achievement Award, NEAR/Mathilde flyby, 1997

            Editor's Citation for Excellence in Refereeing, J. Geophys. Res., 1996

            NASA/National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship, 1992-1994

            NASA Graduate Student Researcher's Program Fellowship, 1989-1992

Editorships

            Contributing Editor, Sky & Telescope magazine, 2011-

            Consulting Editor, Icarus, 2011-

            Editor, Icarus (International Journal of Solar System Studies), 1998-2010

            Consulting Editor, Cambridge University Press Planetary Science book series, 2002-

            Eos Planetary Sciences Editor, AGU Weekly newspaper, 1997-1999

Professional Associations

<p>American Astronomical Society (Division for Planetary Sciences)</p> <p>American Geophysical Union (Planetary Sciences Section)</p> <p>International Astronomical Union</p> <p>American Association for the Advancement of Science</p> <p>Geologic Society of America (Planetary Sciences Div.)</p> <p>The Planetary Society&nbsp; (President: Board of Directors; 2008-)</p>

Service

            Study Team Member, "Space Science Opportunities Augmented by Exploration Telepresence", Keck Institute for Space Studies, 2016-2017

            Member, NASA Mars International Collaboration Science Analysis Group, 2016

            Member, NASA Chief Scientist's Office Citizen Science Advisory Forum, 2016

            Member, NASA Human Exploration Mission Directorate (HEOMD) Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) Formulation Assessment and Support Team (FAST), 2015

            Member, Science Definition Team for the NASA Mars-2020 Rover mission, 2013

            Study Team Member, In Situ Instrumentation for Primitive Bodies, Keck Institute for Space Studies, 2012

            Organizing Committee, International Space Science Institute, Quantifying the Martian Geochemical Reservoirs; Workshop and Book, 2011-2012

            Member, Mars Science Laboratory Participating Scientist Review Panel, 2011

            Member, NASA ROSES Education and Outreach Review Panel, 2010-2011

            Contributing Editor, Sky & Telescope magazine, 2011-

            Consulting Editor, Icarus, 2011-

            Member, NASA/JPL Mars Critical Data Products Program Review Panel, 2011

            Chair, NASA Lunar Science Institute Review Panel, 2008

            Member, Committee on the Review of Planetary Protection Requirements for Mars Sample Return Missions; National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences, 2008

            Member then Chair, AAS/DPS Federal Relations Subcommittee, 2006-2008; 2008-2010

            Member, NASA Planetary Data System Geosciences Node Advisory Group, 2008-

            Member, National Academy of Sciences Committee on the Review of Planetary Protection Requirements for Mars Sample Return Missions, 2008

            Local Organizing Committee Co-Chair, 2008 AAS/DPS Conference, Ithaca

         Member, NASA Mars Instrument Development Program Review Panel, 2007

            Elected to AAS/DPS Committee, 2004-2006 

            Chair, NASA Mars Fundamental Research Program Review Panel, 2005

            Editor, Icarus (International Journal of Solar System Studies), 1998-2010

            Consulting Editor, Cambridge University Press Planetary Science book series, 2002-

            NSF Planetary Astronomy Review panel, 2003

            Group Chief, NASA Mars Scout '07 mission Review Panel, 2002

            Group Chief, NASA Planetary Geology & Geophysics Review Panel, 2001-2002

            Hubble Space Telescope Cycle 10 Review Panel (Solar System Committee), 2000

            Group Chief, NASA Mars Data Analysis Program Review Panel, 2000

            Member, NASA Planetary Astronomy NEO Program Review Panel, 2000

            Program Committee Member, AAS/DPS annual meeting, Pasadena CA, 2000

            Member, Italian Space Agency/NASA 2003 Mars Lander Instrument Review Panel, 1999

            Member, NASA Mars Exploration Program Assessment Group (MEPAG), 1999-

            Chair, NASA Mars-98 Participating Scientist Program Review Panel, 1999

            Member, AAS Working Group on Professional-Amateur Collaboration, 1999-

            Group Chief, NASA Mars Data Analysis Program Review Panel, 1998

            Member, NASA Planetary Geology & Geophysics Program Review Panel, 1998

            NASA Planetary Astronomy Program Management Operations Working Group, 1996-98

            Eos Planetary Sciences Editor, AGU Weekly newspaper, 1997-1999

            Member, NASA Mars Science Working Group (MarsSWG), 1996-1997

            Member, SIRTF Solar System Working Group, 1996-

            Member, SIRTF Large Projects/Survey Working Group, 1995-96

            National Research Council Panel on Reducing Space Science Mission Costs, 1996

            NASA Planetary Instrument Definition and Development Program Review Panel, 1995

            Hubble Space Telescope Cycle 6 Review Panel (Solar System Committee), 1995

            NASA Discovery Missions and Planetary Astronomy Review Panels, 1994

            Lunar and Planetary Science Conference Program Committee, 1994-1995

            Member, NASA MSATT, MECA, MEVTV, and MSATT Study Groups, 1988-1993

Work History

<p><em>Since 2013: &nbsp;</em>Distinguished Visiting Scientist, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory/Caltech</p> <p><em>Since 2011:</em>&nbsp; Professor, Honors Faculty, School of Earth &amp; Space Exploration, ASU</p> <p><em>Since 2011:</em>&nbsp; Adjunct Professor, Department of Astronomy, Cornell University</p> <p><em>2009-2010:</em>&nbsp; Professor, Department of Astronomy, Cornell University</p> <p><em>2003-2008:</em>&nbsp; Associate Professor, Department of Astronomy, Cornell University</p> <p><em>2005: </em>Visiting Scientist,&nbsp; CNRS/Observatoire Midi-Pyr�n�es, Toulouse, France</p> <p><em>1998-2003:</em>&nbsp; Assistant Professor, Department of Astronomy, Cornell University</p> <p><em>1997 to 1998:</em>&nbsp; Senior Research Associate, Department of Astronomy, Cornell</p> <p><em>1995 to 1997:</em>&nbsp; Research Associate, Department of Astronomy, Cornell</p> <p><em>1994 to 1995:</em>&nbsp; Postdoctoral Research Assistant, U. Washington Remote Sensing Lab</p> <p><em>1992 to 1994:</em>&nbsp; NRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow, NASA Ames Research Center.</p> <p><em>1989 to 1992:&nbsp; </em>NASA Graduate Student Researchers Program Fellow, NASA/JSC</p> <p><em>1987 to 1989:</em>&nbsp; Graduate student researcher, U. Hawaii Planetary Geosciences Dept.</p> <p><em>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 1983 to 1987:</em>&nbsp; Undergraduate researcher, Caltech Department of Planetary Sciences</p>