Professor David Rothery will give a talk on planetary science and the BepiColombo mission. Details of the talk to follow.
David is Professor of Planetary Geosciences at the Open University, based in Milton Keynes, where he teaches about planets, volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis and geology in general. His research interests centre on the study of volcanic activity by means of remote sensing, and volcanology and geoscience in general on other planets. Although he loves the icy moons of Jupiter and Saturn, he has been part of the team for the European Space Agency’s BepiColombo mission to Mercury since 2006. This is due for launch in autumn 2018. Using NASA data, he is currently working with his PhD students and his European counterparts to prepare geological maps of Mercury to set the context for BepiColombo’s observations.