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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.

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

U.S. dollar likely to benefit amid synchronised monetary policy easing, says ANZ Research

The United States dollar is expected to benefit amid synchronised monetary policy easing environment, wherein the immediate FX implications are broadly neutral, according to the latest research report from ANZ Research....

JGB yields fly at close as investors shy away from safe-haven assets in run-up to G-20 Summit

The Japanese government bond yields close on a higher note Thursday as investors continued to stay away from safe-haven instruments in the run-up to the G-20 Summit starting Friday, where the United States and China are...

Australian bonds plunge tracking U.S. Treasuries on hopes of trade deal ahead of G-20 Summit

Australian government bonds plunged during Asian trading session Thursday tracking a similar movement in the United States Treasuries on hopes of a trade deal with China in the upcoming G-20 Summit in Osaka, Japan,...

U.S. Treasuries plunge ahead of 5-year auction, FOMC member Daly’s speech

The U.S. Treasuries plunged during Wednesdays afternoon session, ahead of a busy day for economic data that brings the advance goods trade and inventories figures for May, as well as durable goods orders data for the same...

German bunds suffer as investors await eurozone’s June consumer price inflation data

The German bunds suffered during European trading session Wednesday ahead of the countrys and eurozones consumer price inflation (CPI) data for the month of June, scheduled to be released on June 27 and 28 by 12:00GMT and...

Politics

Vladimir Putin: Is the Russian President a Fan of Vlogs?

People all over the world have found a new form of entertainment that is freely accessible on the internet vlogs. And in recent QA session with Russian President Vladimir Putin, it was revealed whether he is also a fan of...

Melania Trump, Ivanka Trump: Michael Wolff Book Claims Donald Trump’s Favorite Child Isn’t a Fan of His Wife

There have been several books and articles published about the relationship of the United States First Lady Melania Trump with her step-daughter Ivanka Trump. Now, Michael Wolffs latest book Siege: Trump Under Fire claims...

Donald Trump Signs New Sanctions Aimed at Iran Supreme Leader and Other Iranian Officials

Iran and the United States have been going back and forth for the last few months. Now, the latter has retaliated as President Donald Trump signed on Monday a new set of sanctions aimed explicitly at Irans high-ranking...

CAR: a society without authority, where children's schooling suffers

The news from the Central African Republic (CAR) is rarely good. The country has been involved in an on-and-off war for at least 20 years. It has been rated as having the lowest human development in the world. It is also...

Final 2019 election results: education divide explains the Coalition's upset victory

At the May 18 election, the size of the lower house was expanded from 150 to 151 seats. The Coalition parties won 77 seats (up one since the 2016 election), Labor 68 (down one) and the crossbench six (up one). The...

Science

Marijuana News: Will New York Follow Illinois in Legalizing Recreational Use of Cannabis?

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker just signed a law on Tuesday that makes the recreational use of marijuana legal taking effect on the first day of 2020. This makes Illinois the 11th state in the United States to do so, and...

Cancer Cure 2019: Immunotherapy Drug Under Research Shows Promising Result for Lung Cancer Patients

Finding the complete cure for cancer remains a Herculean task for many researchers around the world. And while that has yet to be achieved, other groups of scientists are working on the next best thing developing...

Black plastic can't be recycled – but we've just found a way to use the carbon in renewable energy

The big problem with plastics is that though they last for a very long time, most are thrown away after only one use. Since plastics were invented in the 1950s, about 8,300m metric tonnes (Mt) have been made, but over half...

Meet the naked mole-rat: impervious to pain and cancer, and lives ten times longer than it should

The naked mole-rat is perhaps one of the most bizarre beasts on the planet. At first glance, it looks like little more than a cocktail sausage with legs and teeth. But beneath its wrinkly pink skin, this creatures strange...

Marijuana News: China Blames Increase in Cannabis Trafficking in Canada, U.S.

Last year, Canada became the second country to legalize the recreational use of Marijuana. Meanwhile, more states in America are doing the same with others eyeing to follow suit in the near future. Now, China claims they...

Technology

'NBA 2K20' Release Date, Gameplay: Will 2K Consider an Incoming Rookie for the Main Game Cover?

Aside from gameplay upgrades, basketball and gaming fans are also excited about who is going to be on the cover of the latest NBA 2K iteration. It seems like 2K Games does not have a rigid set of qualifications in the way...

'Final Fantasy 7 Remake' Release Date, Gameplay: Director Tetsuya Nomura Confirms New Materia System Tailored to Combat-Oriented RPG

Final Fantasy 7 Remake, as established several times, will not have simple updates from the original version of the game released in 1997. It is a total makeover of its gameplay, mechanics, and animation among others....

Windows 10 News: Microsoft Resolves Bug That Delays Shutting Down a Computer

Computers running on a certain version of Windows 10 may experience a minute of delay while being shut down. Microsoft has already recognized that it is indeed caused by a bug and a solution has since been offered to...

Sony PlayStation 5 Release Date, Games: 'God of War' Reboot Speculated as Next-Gen Console’s Launch Game

There is very little information revealed about the PlayStation 5 as of the moment. Aside from its release date, Sony and game developers are still mum on what video games will be launching along with the next-generation...

iOS 13 Release Date, New Features: Adjustable Volume Control, Blocking Unknown Callers and More Hidden Improvements

Now that iOS 13 is available on public beta, it is time for Apple fans to appreciate all the new features and improvements on device performance and various apps. Aside from the widely reported Dark Mode, revamped Photo...
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