Mercury's Interior, Surface, and Surrounding Environment

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Contains summaries of the goals and findings of the recent Mercury MESSENGER mission, including on planetary formation, geological history, important volatiles, and information on possible extensions of the mission
Messenger Mission.- Planetary Formation.- Terrestrial Planet Surface Processes.- Exosphere Dynamic.- Magnetosphere Dynamics.- Data Release Schedule Index.
This SpringerBrief details the MESSENGER Mission, the findings of which present challenges to widely held conventional views and remaining mysteries surrounding the planet. The work answers the question of why Mercury is so dense, and the implications from geochemical data on its planetary formation. It summarizes imaging and compositional data from the terrestrial planet surface processes and explains the geologic history of Mercury.  It also discusses the lack of southern hemisphere coverage.
Our understanding of the planet Mercury has been in a transitional phase over the decades since Mariner 10. The influx of new data from the NASA MESSENGER Mission since it was inserted into the orbit of Mercury in March of 2011 has greatly accelerated that shift. The combined compositional data of relatively high volatiles (S, K), relatively low refractories (Al, Ca), and low crustal iron, combined with an active, partially molten iron rich core, has major implications for Mercury and Solar System formation. From a scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, this presents a comprehensive overview of the discoveries from the ten-year MESSENGER mission.
Autor: Pamela Elizabeth Clark
Pamela Clark grew up in New England. Inspired by President John Kennedy, she decided as a child to explore outer space. She thought, "If they can put a man on the Moon, they can put a woman (me) on Mars!" She obtained her BA from St. Joseph College. There, she had many opportunities to participate in laboratory research with Sr. Chlorophyll (Dr. Claire Markham) and Sr. Moon Rock (Dr. Mary Ellen Murphy) as well as to coordinate an NSF interdisciplinary undergraduate field research project. While obtaining her PhD in planetary geochemistry from the University of Maryland, she worked at NASA/GSFC outside of Washington, D. C., and the Astrogeology branch of the USGS in Flagstaff, Arizona, simulating, analyzing, correlating, and interpreting lunar X-ray spectra. She was a member of the group, led by Isidore Adler and Jack Trombka, that pioneered the use of orbital X-ray and gamma-ray spectrometers to determine the composition of planetary surfaces. She participated in the Flagstaff Lunar Data Consortium, the first attempt to create a common format database for all the remote sensing data from a planetary body.

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Autor: Pamela Elizabeth Clark
ISBN-13 :: 9781493922437
ISBN: 1493922432
Erscheinungsjahr: 02.03.2015
Verlag: Springer New York
Gewicht: 176g
Seiten: 108
Sprache: Englisch
Auflage 2015
Sonstiges: Taschenbuch, 235x155x6 mm
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