Mark presented his award-winning research to members of the Astronomical League at the group’s national convention. For his efforts, he was awarded a plaque and a state-of-the-art telescope. The Astronomical League is composed of over 240 local amateur astronomical societies from across the United States with a goal of encouraging an interest in astronomy throughout America.
Mark was named an Intel semifinalist in January for his
project “Deep Impact Spectral Observations and Naturally Occurring
Mini-Outbursts,” which focused on the analysis of outgassing jets on the comet
Tempel 1’s surface. For his research, he used data collected by the NASA Deep
Impact mission, and found that this outgassing (the removal of gas from a
solid) is driven by the sublimation of carbon dioxide, which is not usually the
case in comets.