Origins Science Scholars On Campus: “Exploring Mercury With Messenger”

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“Exploring Mercury with MESSENGER”
Steve Hauck, Professor of the Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences, CWRU

Launched in August of 2004, NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft spent the following six-and-a-half years cruising the inner solar system in preparation for becoming the first spacecraft to orbit the planet Mercury. Following a flyby of Earth, two flybys of Venus, and three flybys of Mercury, MESSENGER entered orbit in March 2011 and embarked on a mission to map the innermost planet. Through the end of the mission in April 2015 MESSENGER explored Mercury allowing scientists to uncover a wealth of knowledge about this enigmatic planet. We will discuss the discovery of surprisingly recent volcanism, the larger than expected shifting of the planet’s crust, its equally enigmatic interior and magnetic field, and how the breadth of what we are learning tells us about how planets form and operate.

Our original OSS series!
Evening Schedule:
5:30 – Coffee and cookies
6-7 – Lecture
7-8 Catered dinner

To register for OSS events, go to
For more information on OSS, call Felicia at 216-368-2090

The Origins Science Scholars program began on campus in 2009 and has become a favorite venue for Cleveland area folks interested in or curious about cutting edge science with topics changing every semester and ranging from the beginning of the universe, to the origin of the earth and solar system, to the origin and evolution of life on earth, the human mind and consciousness, and evolution and human health.
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By: Institute for the Science of Origins

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