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David Rothery

David Rothery

Professor of Planetary Geosciences, The Open University

I became Professor of Planetary Geosciences at the Open University in November 2013, having been a Senior Lecturer in Earth Sciences since 1994. Before that I was a Lecturer here. I am now in the Department of Physical Sciences, but until 2011 was in the former Department of Earth Sciences. During 1999-2004 I was Director of Teaching and Geosciences Programme Director. I have also been Leader of the IAVCEI Commission on Remote Sensing, and in 2005 I was appointed to the PPARC Solar System Advisory Panel and the BepiColombo Oversight Committee.

In May 2006 I was appointed UK Lead Scientist (now lead Co-Investigator) on MIXS (Mercury Imaging X-ray Spectrometer), which is the only UK Principal Investigator instrument on BepiColombo, the European Space Agency mission to Mercury to be launched in 2017. I chair ESA's Mercury Surface and Composition Working Group. I was also a member of the Science Advisory Panel for C1XS, the X-ray spectrometer on Chandrayaan-1 (launched 22 Oct 2008).
In 2006-7 I served on the ESSC/ESF Ad Hoc Group on Definition of a science-driven European scenario for space exploration.

My research interests centre on the study of volcanic activity by means of remote sensing, and volcanology and geoscience in general on other planets. My landmark book 'Planet Mercury: From Pale Pink Dot to Dynamic World' was published by Springer-Praxis on 14 Dec 2014. I also wrote 'Volcanoes, Earthquakes and Tsunami, A complete introduction' (new edition 2015) and 'Geology, A complete introduction' (new edition 2015) for Hodder's 'Teach Yourself' series, and 'A Very Short Introduction to Planets', Oxford University Press (2010). A companion volume 'A Very Short Introduction to Moons' was published in November 2015.

How geological maps made the Apollo moon landings worthwhile

Jul 22, 2019 13:33 pm UTC| Insights & Views Science

I still remember a cartoon in a newspaper in July 1969, just before the first Apollo moon landing. It showed the ground crew reminding the astronauts as they boarded their rocket, Dont forget to bring back some rock! This...

China goes where no one has gone before – the moon's far side

Jan 04, 2019 16:05 pm UTC| Insights & Views Science

In a spectacular few days for solar system exploration during which NASA whizzed the New Horizons spacecraft past the Kuiper Belt object 2009 MU69 (somewhat controversially nicknamed Ultima Thule) and eased OSIRIS-REx...

Europe's set to blast off to Mercury – here's the rocket science

Oct 20, 2018 15:30 pm UTC| Insights & Views Science

The European Space Agency (ESA) will launch its BepiColombo mission to the planet Mercury from its spaceport near the equator in Kourou, French Guyana, on October 20. My involvement in the mission means that I will be...

Space Science Series

Proof: Saturn moon Enceladus is able to host life – it's time for a new mission

Apr 14, 2017 01:56 am UTC| Science

Ever since studies started suggesting that chemical reactions between water and rock on Saturns moon Enceladus could provide enough energy in the water to feed microbial life, scientists have been searching for proof that...

Space Science Series

Solar system with seven Earth-like planets found around nearby star – here's what they could be like

Feb 28, 2017 07:12 am UTC| Science

There have been many discoveries of potentially habitable planets orbiting stars other than our own over the last few years. Now things are getting even more exciting. Scientists have documented a star surrounded by no...

How old is our moon?

Jan 12, 2017 14:37 pm UTC| Science

Most scientists agree that the Earth has pretty much always had its moon. Details of the moons composition (in particular the isotopic mixture of heavier and lighter versions of various elements) are too similar to the...

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Economy

Russian manufacturing decelerates in July, economy likely to grow 1.5 pct in 2019

Russias manufacturing fell back into decline in July after displaying signs of rebound, reflecting a lower oil price and generally falling demand conditions throughout the EMEA region and euro area. On a sequential basis,...

U.S. Treasury yields slightly recover on stabilising risk sentiments overnight; uncertainties still hover

The U.S. Treasury yields recovered during Fridays afternoon session as risk sentiments started to stabilize overnight, following comments from President Donald Trump that a call with China is scheduled around the corner...

UK 2-10Y gilt yield inversion raises further concerns on global growth outlook, dragged by lower U.S. yields

The United Kingdoms 2-10Y gilt yields inverted during European trading hours Friday, intrigued by the global growth concerns and uncertainties over U.S.-China trade relations, although President Trump said that he has a...

Persistent trade-tensions likely to cap the upside on overall investment activity in Malaysia, says ANZ Research

Persistent trade-tensions and subdued demand for technology products to cap the upside on overall investment activity from re-negotiated public projects in Malaysia, according to the latest report from ANZ...

Singapore’s NODX falls less than market expectations; outlook soft for remaining year, says OCBC Bank

Singapores non-oil domestic exports (NODX) for the month of July declined 11.2 percent y/y (+3.7 percent m/m sa), slightly better than OCBC Banks forecast for -15.2 percent y/y (+3.4 percent m/m sa), according to the...

Politics

Donald Trump loves that Melania Trump agrees with him about the prenup

The marriage of United States President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump is possibly one of the most followed subjects in the media today. Since Mr. Trump is known for being a wealthy man, many might be wondering...

Prototype of a nuclear missile that Vladimir Putin bragged about allegedly failed

This month marks the 20-year milestone of Russian President Vladimir Putins political career. However, it has been marred with a series of pro-democracy protests in Moscow as well as the death of five scientists from a...

To restore trust in government, we need to reinvent how the public service works

Around the world, the most informed and effective public servants are changing the way they develop policy and services. Australian public servants are eager to do the same, but their leaders are not supporting them to do...

Woody Harrelson attests just how much Donald Trump loves talking

President Donald Trump has been a well-known man in the business and entertainment industry, even before he started pursuing his political endeavors. Meanwhile, First Lady Melania Trump was a fashion model when she met her...

Could Boris Johnson really force through a no-deal Brexit in the middle of an election? A constitutional lawyer weighs in

The temperature has been rising over Brexit. Dominic Cummings, the UK prime ministers special adviser, has indicated that even if the government loses an autumn confidence vote and must ultimately call a general election,...

Science

Cryptic genetic variation: the hidden changes in your DNA that could produce new diseases

Rarely has our environment changed so quickly. On top of climate change, were exposing ourselves to air pollutants, microplastics and unprecedented levels of fat, salt and sugar in our food. Environmental change is one...

Lab studies suggest medicinal plants can help repair human bone and tissue

Theres been a rise in recent years of biomedical engineering techniques that can restore lost tissue and bone. If youve been in a car crash, for instance, there are ways to restore or repair the lost body part or damaged...

Environmental destruction is a war crime, but it's almost impossible to fall foul of the laws

An open letter from 24 scientists published in Nature last month calls on governments to draft a new Geneva Convention dedicated to protecting the environment during armed conflict. This inspired a number of headlines...

HIV/AIDS deaths drop despite lack of complete cure

The HIV and AIDS epidemic has been a global challenge for decades. Unfortunately, a complete cure that would kill HIV and AIDS from a patients body is still unavailable. But that does not mean there is no other way to...

Donald Trump’s cancer cure promise still needs proof

Scientists around the world have reported strides in developing more advanced treatments for cancer while the complete cure is still unavailable. Illnesses like cancer are some of the major concerns for many households,...

Technology

Developers promise the series will not end in ‘Borderlands 3’

Borderlands 3 will be released in less than a month and fans of the series are looking forward to it, especially for its new co-op gameplay. On the other hand, some gamers are wondering whether it is going to be the...

South Korea’s generous incentives might boost Tesla Model 3’s sales

Tesla has become a household name in North America, especially in the United States, where more and more consumers are choosing to get electric vehicles that can drive itself. This year, the company is seeing major...

The Last of Us Part 2 release date: Sequel to be featured in next State of Play in November, leaker claims

As Sony and Naughty Dog maintains their silence about The Last of Us Part 2, the rumor mill has done the opposite. The latest whispers making its round on the web claim that the sequel will not be releasing in February as...

Developers are still mum on 'The Sims 5' development 5 years since 'TS4' launch

EA and Maxis have been silent about the future of the The Sims franchise. So it is understandable if some gaming fans are a little worried that they might not see The Sims 5 happen. However, there are various reasons ...

‘Final Fantasy 8: Remaster’ release date: Physical edition surfaces after online retailer made it available for pre-order

Final Fantasy 8: Remaster will be coming out a few months from now and hardcore fans of the franchise and new blood alike are expected to dip their hands on the title. The game has plenty of rollercoaster moments...
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