Jim Thompson, a former US Navy Tactical Air Controller, is a commercial multi engine pilot and conducts airborne thermography from his hot air balloon "Flourish." He is also an advanced open water instructor and a master scuba diver. Jim's papers into thermographic research are published in the US and abroad. As a member of the NASA Atacama Desert Science Team 2006, he conducted extensive thermographic research of cave entrances in the Atacama Desert Chile. He was on the 2007 and 2008 Spaceward Bound Expeditions to the Mojave Desert in California, and was the expedition photographer for Pavilion Lake 2008. He will be researching thermography of cave entrances as an analog for Mars during Mojave 2009.
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