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.