Unit Affiliation: Seismology, Geology and Tectonophysics, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO)
Understanding Mercury and how it formed is critical to better understanding the conditions on and evolution of the inner planets. To address key science questions about Mercury's formation and evolution, MESSENGER journeyed through the inner solar system and became the first spacecraft ever to orbit Mercury.
OUTCOMES: Mercury is a volatile-rich planet, polar water ice deposits, offset magnetic field, hollows, volcanic deposits, global contraction, seasonal exosphere, dynamic magnetopshere, energetic electrons, field aligned currents
MISSION VIDEOS: https://messenger.jhuapl.edu/Explore/Videos.html
Mission to Mercury May Hold Clues to Earth’s Origins, featuring Sean C. Solomon
Gravity recovery and Interior Laboratory
Gravity Science Working Group (GSWG)
Collaborative Research: Thermodynamics and thermoelasticity of iron-bearing phases