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Planet Mercury - from Pale Pink Dot to Dynamic World

Rothery, David (2015). Planet Mercury - from Pale Pink Dot to Dynamic World. Cham: Springer.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-12117-8
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Abstract

A new and detailed picture of Mercury is emerging thanks to NASA’s MESSENGER mission that spent four years in orbit about the Sun’s innermost planet. Comprehensively illustrated by close-up images and other data, the author describes Mercury’s landscapes from a geological perspective: from sublimation hollows, to volcanic vents, to lava plains, to giant thrust faults. He considers what its giant core, internal structure and weird composition have to tell us about the formation and evolution of a planet so close to the Sun. This is of special significance in view of the discovery of so many exoplanets in similarly close orbits about their stars. Mercury generates its own magnetic field, like the Earth (but unlike Venus, Mars and the Moon), and the interplay between Mercury’s and the Sun’s magnetic field affects many processes on its surface and in the rich and diverse exosphere of neutral and charged particles surrounding the planet.

There is much about Mercury that we still don’t understand. Accessible to the amateur, but also a handy state-of-the-art digest for students and researchers, the book shows how our knowledge of Mercury developed over the past century of ground-based, fly-by and orbital observations, and looks ahead at the mysteries remaining for future missions to explore.

Item Type: Book
Copyright Holders: 2015 Springer International Publishing Switzerland
ISBN: 3-319-12116-2, 978-3-319-12116-1
Keywords: astronomy; solar system; planets
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Physical Sciences
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Item ID: 41359
Depositing User: David Rothery
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2014 10:06
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 10:26
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/41359
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