Public Lectures

NASA’s MESSENGER mission: Unlocking the mysteries of Mercury

Published on September 13, 2010

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Speaker:Dr. Greg Holsclaw
Date:Wednesday, Nov 03, 2010
Time:7:30 PM, Doors open at 7:00 PM
Location:LSTB-299, Auditorium

Seminar Abstract:

Mercury is an incredibly difficult planet to visit, and is the rocky planet we know least about. All that will change this coming March, when MESSENGER, the first spacecraft to visit Mercury in over 30 years, enters into orbit for one year of detailed study. MESSENGER has already had three brief encounters with the planet since launching in 2004, giving us previously unknown information about the Sun’s nearest neighbor. Mercury’s surface may bear a striking resemblance to the Moon’s, but observations of its tenuous atmosphere, global magnetic field, and surface composition suggest a distinctive evolution that makes it completely unique to our solar system. Dr. Holsclaw will talk about recent findings about Mercury, highlighting work done at the University of Colorado on the MESSENGER mission.

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NASA's MESSENGER Mission: Unlocking the Mysteries of Mercury