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Earth Institute Research Projects

Support of the Messenger Principal Investigator

Lead PI: Dr. Sean C. Solomon

Unit Affiliation: Seismology, Geology & Tectonophysics, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO)

September 2013 - September 2017
Inactive
Global ; Mercury
Project Type: Research

DESCRIPTION: 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

SPONSOR:

Carnegie Institution for Science

ORIGINATING SPONSOR:

National Aeronautics & Space Administration-NASA

FUNDED AMOUNT:

$414,339

EXTERNAL COLLABORATORS:

Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory MESSENGER Team

PUBLICATIONS:

http://messenger.jhuapl.edu/Resources/Publications.html

KEYWORDS

planetary science mercury (hg) messenger mission

MULTIMEDIA

Mission to Mercury May Hold Clues to Earth’s Origins, featuring Sean C. Solomon