Think Space Lecture: Look, But Don't Touch! Exploring Mercury from Orbit

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17 January | 5.15–6.15pm
£6 | £5 Members
Royal Observatory, Planetarium & Astronomy Centre, Peter Harrison Planetarium
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Learn about the exciting results of NASA’s Messenger mission – including the discovery of water ice on Mercury.

Planetary scientists study the Solar System’s planets, moons, asteroids and comets by using a host of different techniques: rock samples, rovers and landers, as well as satellites and probes.

In 2011, NASA’s Messenger became the first spacecraft to go into orbit around Mercury. Equipped with a suite of cameras, spectrometers, and detectors, Messenger completed a highly successful four-year orbital mission, from which our understanding of the smallest and innermost planet has been completely transformed.

In this talk we will learn about some of Messenger’s most exciting – and surprising – results, including the discovery of water ice at Mercury’s poles.

Find out more about NASA's Messenger mission