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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

German bunds nearly flat after Eurozone February consumer price inflation meets market expectations

The German bunds traded nearly flat during European session of the last trading day of the week Friday after the Eurozones consumer price inflation (CPI) for the month of February met market expectations, rising from the...

South Africa’s rating review on Mar 29 likely to cause stronger fluctuations in ZAR exchange rates, says Commerzbank

South Africas rating review on March 29 is likely to lead to increased nervousness on the markets and thus to stronger fluctuations in ZAR exchange rates, according to the latest research report from...

RBA likely to stay on hold in 2019 and 2020 on hopes of stable labour market, says ANZ Research

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) is expected to stay on hold in 2019 and 2020 on hopes of a stability in the labour market, after the ANZ Labour Market Indicator (LMI) pointed towards the same, despite leading...

JGBs trade higher following BoJ’s weaker economic assessment; no impact of steady policy rate

The Japanese government bonds traded higher at the end of Asian session Friday after the Bank of Japan (BoJ) in its 2-day monetary policy meeting, concluded early today, cut its economic assessment, while maintaining...

New Zealand’s net migration appears to have levelled off over 2018, uncertainty still remains ahead

New Zealands net migration appears to have levelled off over 2018. But the data remains noisy and suggests inflows surged higher over the past two months, though these outturns are likely to be subsequently revised,...

Politics

Donald Trump 2019: Nancy Pelosi is Surprisingly Against His Impeachment and Here’s Why

The Democrats want Donald Trump to be impeached as soon as possible. They have been calling for the Congress to start the impeachment proceedings now but it appears that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is not for it. In a...

Vladimir Putin 2019: Activist Jailed for Putting Up Russian President’s Gravestone

Vladimir Putins hater set up a fake gravestone in the middle of the Russian city, Naberezhnye Chelny, and the act landed him in jail. The fake gravestone featured the presidents picture and the year 1952-2019 was written...

Melania Trump’s #FakeMelania Conspiracy Theory Resurfaced; People Think There Is Someone Pretending to be the FLOTUS

Melania Trump is being accused of casting someone to fill in for her in events like visits to states. The FLOTUS is said to be using a body double so it will appear that she is present on occasions that she should...

Vladimir Putin Claims Russia Stopped 600 Spies in 2018, Passes Law that Will Imprison People Who Will Disrespect Government

Vladimir Putin, President of Russia, alleged that the foreign intelligence services stepped up activities after discovering that hundreds of spies attempted to carry out their works in the country. The president claimed...

Donald Trump Warmly Fulfilled A Dying Man’s Wish; Jay Barrett Wants to Talk to the POTUS Before He Dies

Donald Trump made a call to Jay Barrett on Tuesday night and it was not an ordinary call because it was a case of a wish being granted. Plus, the recipient of the call is just an ordinary man who does not have a connection...

Science

Cancer Cure 2019: University of Colorado Research Sparks Hope as AML Patient Marks 2nd Anniversary of Remission

Despite the advancement of science and technology that the world has seen through the past decades, cancer diagnoses remains a piece of very heavy news to whoever receives it. Humanity has yet to find the ultimate cure for...

HIV/AIDS Cure 2019: Hopes Are Up for Potential Cure as 2nd Patient Goes on HIV Remission

The whole world is still on the lookout for the ultimate cure for patients infected with human immunodeficiency viruses (HIV) and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). A recent development sparked hope as one patient...

Mining the Moon

If you were transported to the Moon this very instant, you would surely and rapidly die. Thats because theres no atmosphere, the surface temperature varies from a roasting 130 degrees Celsius (266 F) to a bone-chilling...

Why we see hope for the future of science journalism

Eat blueberries for the antioxidants. Exercise daily at a moderate intensity for optimal heart health. Get the vaccine to prevent the disease. Our decision-making and conduct is influenced by what we read, see or hear....

Can robots ever have a true sense of self? Scientists are making progress

Having a sense of self lies at the heart of what it means to be human. Without it, we couldnt navigate, interact, empathise or ultimately survive in an ever-changing, complex world of others. We need a sense of self when...

Technology

Oculus Quest Latest News, Update: To Save VR Industry? Adam Orth Believes Headset is Turning Point

One of the biggest issues that those who have tried or own VR headsets with enough power to make gaming or simulations worthwhile is the matter of the hardware. While the headgear might be fine, all of the cables in the...

‘Rage 2’ Latest News, Update: To Offer Buttery Smooth 60FPS on Xbox One X, Seamless Carnage

It would appear that the Xbox One X Version of the upcoming Rage 2 game is going to be buttery smooth on the console. It was just reported that the open-world FPS will run at 60FPS on the Microsoft game box, which should...

‘Dying Light 2’ Latest News, Update: Developers Dangerously Close to Overpromising? Next 'No Man’s Sky'

Ever since the fiasco that was No Mans Sky, the gaming community has become keenly wary of developers who make big promises. The hype for that game crashed so hard when it launched that it forced the head of Hello Games...

Pixel 4 Release Date, Features, Specs: Budget Phone Included in Google’s 2019 Smartphone Lineup

Google is reportedly joining the latest smartphone trend that is introducing a lower-priced variant of a premium smartphone series. This could mean that the company will release up to three models of Pixel 4 in 2019...

Torrent Latest News, Update: Why a Popular Uploader Was Banned on Multiple Piracy Websites

Torrent sites are often plagued with malicious malware disguised as legitimate files uploaded by certain members. As such, moderators take plenty of time to check everything that is being reported to ensure that users are...
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