Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Wealden A S Meeting on 11th June 2016 - Speaker Pr David Rothery

Planetary Geosciences and the Mercury mission

Professor David Rothery is a Senior Lecturer in the Open University Department of Earth Sciences, and the UK Lead Scientist on MIXS (Mercury Imaging X-ray Spectrometer), which is the only UK Principal Investigator instrument on BepiColombo, the European Space Agency mission to Mercury to be launched in 2017. Many questions remain for ESA’s BepiColombo to answer ten years from now, but thanks to NASA’s MESSENGER (orbiting Mercury March 2011-March 2015) we now know far more about the closest planet to the Sun than was possible from ground-based astronomy and the Mariner-10 flybys in the 1970s. David will be joining us to discuss new views of the Sun’s innermost planet.

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