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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.

Mars colony: how to make breathable air and fuel from brine – new research

Dec 01, 2020 09:06 am UTC| Science

NASA is planning to land a crew on the Moon by 2024, and then onward to Mars, possibly in the 2030s. One day, we will have permanently crewed bases on both worlds. Unlike the initial short-stay visits, long-term bases will...

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

Rihanna is a certified billionaire: How she became the richest female musician in the world

Rihanna is known worldwide as a singer, actress, and fashion designer, but not many know that she is also a businesswoman. The 33-year-old is now a certified billionaire, and most people will be surprised to know that what...

McDonald's Korea issues an apology after the discovery of expired buns and tortillas

McDonalds Korea issued an apology to its customers after it was discovered that one of its fast-food outlets in Seoul has been serving expired hamburger buns and tortillas. The restaurant admitted the mistake and expressed...

Target luring workers with free college tuition and books benefit offer

Target, the eighth-largest retailer in the U.S., announced new benefit programs for its workers this week. The company revealed that it will be offering 100% free college tuition to its team members, and books are included...

CVS Health hike wages as its earnings climb

CVS Health will increase its workers wages after seeing growth in its profits. The health care retail company will be raising its minimum wage to $15 an hour starting in July next year. Fox Business reported that while...

Politics

Joe Biden calls for NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign following sexual harassment probe

US President Joe Biden largely stayed away from speaking about the probe into the sexual harassment allegations that were made against Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. However, following the report that came from...

Nancy Pelosi calls on NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign after sexual harassment allegations

The recent investigation that confirmed the allegations of sexual harassment made against Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has led to many figures calling for his resignation. This also includes House Speaker...

Capitol riots: AT&T, Mastercard are reportedly still donating to GOP group involved in insurrection

The insurrection at the Capitol that occurred last January 6 led to many big-name corporations speaking out and condemning those who were involved, even ceasing to give political donations. However, a new report reveals...

North Korea: Kim Jong-un reportedly orders execution of military officer over criticism against order

The communist nation of North Korea is known to adhere to a strict order without question or criticism from its own officials. Recently, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ordered the execution of a military official who...

Science

Hyundai Mobis develops brainwave analyzer to prevent drowsy driving

Hyundai Mobis developed a brainwave detection device dubbed M. Brain to alert motor vehicle operators against drowsy driving or sudden health issues. The M.Brain analyzes brainwaves to determine the drivers health...

Osaka University ties up with town of Okoppe to turn cow poop into methanol using LEDs

Researchers from the Osaka University and the town of Okoppe are conducting studies to produce methanol by illuminating biogas from cow manure with LEDs. Experiments were conducted at an agricultural and scientific...

Big bang: how we are trying to 'listen' to it – and the new physics it could unveil

Exactly what happened at the beginning of the universe, 14 billion years ago, is one of the greatest mysteries in physics theres no simple way to probe it. Thats because, in its early stages, the universe was filled with...

S. Korean researchers reveal method of using fat insects in producing eco-friendly biodiesel

South Korean researchers announced a method of producing environment-friendly fuels by utilizing the remains of high-fat black soldier flies. The method uses leftover fat from black soldier flies to produce animal feed,...

Nestlé, PepsiCo, and Suntory debut world’s first enzymatically recycled bottles

A consortium that includes Nestlé, PepsiCo, and Suntory has produced the worlds first food-grade PET plastic bottles from enzymatically recycled plastic using Carbios recycling process. The bottles that have been...

Technology

‘Beyond Good & Evil 2’ might no longer launch on PS4 and Xbox One

Despite the scarcity of updates about the Beyond Good Evil 2 development, it remains one of the most awaited titles from Ubisoft. However, the publisher may have changed its plans for the upcoming action-adventure and it...

PSVR 2 could launch with ‘hybrid’ AAA games

Sony confirmed earlier this year that it has started the development of the next-generation of PlayStation virtual reality hardware that many call PSVR 2. Aside from upgrading technical specifications of the headset of...

‘Halo Infinite’ is likely getting a second technical preview

The first flight test for Halo Infinite concluded recently, but fans might get another chance at experiencing the game before it releases later this year. Developers have confirmed that at least one more flight is being...

‘New World’ release date is delayed to late September

Amazon Games upcoming MMORPG was well-received during its closed beta that ran for weeks. However, what came after that success was not something fans could have anticipated. For the fourth time, New World has been...

‘Battlefield 2042’ technical playtest kicks off on August 12

The series of technical playtest for Battlefield 2042 will reportedly commence next week, but fans might still have a chance to join. EA has also revealed the minimum and recommended PC system requirements, and, as...
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