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Mercury
The View after MESSENGER

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  • Editors:
  • Sean C. Solomon, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, New York
  • Larry R. Nittler, Carnegie Institution of Washington, Washington DC
  • Brian J. Anderson, The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Maryland
Sean C. Solomon, Brian J. Anderson, Larry R. Nittler, Nancy L. Chabot, Timothy L. Grove, Patrick N. Peplowski, Roger J. Phillips, Paul K. Byrne, Peter B. James, Erwan Mazarico, Gregory A. Neumann, Mark E. Perry, Jean-Luc Margot, Steven A. Hauck, II, Sebastiano Padovan, Stanton J. Peale, Catherine L. Johnson, Haje Korth, Lydia C. Philpott, Brett W. Denevi, Carolyn M. Ernst, Louise M. Prockter, Mark S. Robinson; Timothy J. McCoy, Francis M. McCubbin, Shoshana Z. Weider, Scott L. Murchie, Rachel L. Klima, Noam R. Izenberg, Deborah L. Domingue, David T. Blewett, Jörn Helbert, Clark R. Chapman, David M. H. Baker, Olivier S. Barnouin, Caleb I. Fassett, Simone Marchi, William J. Merline, Lillian R. Ostrach, Robert G. Strom, Christian Klimczak, A. M. Celâl Sengör, Jennifer L. Whitten, Faith Vilas, David J. Lawrence, William C. Feldman, David A. Paige, William E. McClintock, Timothy A. Cassidy, Aimee W. Merkel, Rosemary M. Killen, Matthew H. Burger, Ronald J. Vervack, Jr, James A. Slavin, Jim M. Raines, Thomas H. Zurbuchen, Daniel N. Baker, Daniel J. Gershman, George C. Ho, Suzanne M. Imber, Stamatios M. Krimigis, Torbjörn Sundberg, Denton S. Ebel, Sarah T. Stewart, Matthias Grott, Sabine Stanley, Ralph L. McNutt, Jr, Johannes Benkhoff, Masaki Fujimoto
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  • Date Published: February 2019
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107154452

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  • Observations from the first spacecraft to orbit the planet Mercury have transformed our understanding of the origin and evolution of rocky planets. This volume is the definitive resource about Mercury for planetary scientists, from students to senior researchers. Topics treated in depth include Mercury's chemical composition; the structure of its crust, lithosphere, mantle, and core; Mercury's modern and ancient magnetic field; Mercury's geology, including the planet's major geological units and their surface chemistry and mineralogy, its spectral reflectance characteristics, its craters and cratering history, its tectonic features and deformational history, its volcanic features and magmatic history, its distinctive hollows, and the frozen ices in its polar deposits; Mercury's exosphere and magnetosphere and the processes that govern their dynamics and their interaction with the solar wind and interplanetary magnetic field; the formation and large-scale evolution of the planet; and current plans and needed capabilities to explore Mercury further in the future.

    • Provides a thorough synthesis of our knowledge of the planet Mercury following the recent completion of the MESSENGER mission, summarizing for the first time everything we have learned about the planet Mercury and how our view of the formation and evolution of rocky planets has changed as a consequence
    • Written by members of the MESSENGER science team and selected additional experts who collectively span all fields of planetary science to ensure that every aspect of the planet is treated in a balanced and cohesive fashion
    • The reference against which future observations of Mercury from Earth or spacecraft will be benchmarked; it will not be superseded by new spacecraft observations for many years
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    • Date Published: February 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107154452
    • length: 596 pages
    • dimensions: 282 x 225 x 31 mm
    • weight: 1.9kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. The MESSENGER mission: science and implementation overview Sean C. Solomon and Brian J. Anderson
    2. The chemical composition of Mercury Larry R. Nittler, Nancy L. Chabot, Timothy L. Grove and Patrick N. Peplowski
    3. Mercury's crust and lithosphere: structure and mechanics Roger J. Phillips, Paul K. Byrne, Peter B. James, Erwan Mazarico, Gregory A. Neumann and Mark E. Perry
    4. Mercury's internal structure Jean-Luc Margot, Steven A. Hauck, II, Erwan Mazarico, Sebastiano Padovan and Stanton J. Peale
    5. Mercury's internal magnetic field Catherine L. Johnson, Brian J. Anderson, Haje Korth, Roger J. Phillips and Lydia C. Philpott
    6. The geologic history of Mercury Brett W. Denevi, Carolyn M. Ernst, Louise M. Prockter and Mark S. Robinson
    7. The geochemical and mineralogical diversity of Mercury Timothy J. McCoy, Patrick N. Peplowski, Francis M. McCubbin and Shoshana Z. Weider
    8. Spectral reflectance constraints on the composition and evolution of Mercury's surface Scott L. Murchie, Rachel L. Klima, Noam R. Izenberg, Deborah L. Domingue, David T. Blewett and Jörn Helbert
    9. Impact cratering of Mercury Clark R. Chapman, David M. H. Baker, Olivier S. Barnouin, Caleb I. Fassett, Simone Marchi, William J. Merline, Lillian R. Ostrach, Louise M. Prockter and Robert G. Strom
    10. The tectonic character of Mercury Paul K. Byrne, Christian Klimczak and A. M. Celâl Sengör
    11. The volcanic character of Mercury Paul K. Byrne, Jennifer L. Whitten, Christian Klimczak, Francis M. McCubbin and Lillian R. Ostrach
    12. Mercury's hollows David T. Blewett, Carolyn M. Ernst, Scott L. Murchie and Faith Vilas
    13. Mercury's polar deposits Nancy L. Chabot, David J. Lawrence, Gregory A. Neumann, William C. Feldman and David A. Paige
    14. Observations of Mercury's exosphere: composition and structure William E. McClintock, Timothy A. Cassidy, Aimee W. Merkel, Rosemary M. Killen, Matthew H. Burger and Ronald J. Vervack, Jr
    15. Understanding Mercury's exosphere: models derived from MESSENGER observations Rosemary M. Killen, Matthew H. Burger, Ronald J. Vervack, Jr, and Timothy A. Cassidy
    16. Structure and configuration of Mercury's magnetosphere Haje Korth, Brian J. Anderson, Catherine L. Johnson, James A. Slavin, Jim M. Raines and Thomas H. Zurbuchen
    17. Mercury's dynamic magnetosphere James A. Slavin, Daniel N. Baker, Daniel J. Gershman, George C. Ho, Suzanne M. Imber, Stamatios M. Krimigis and Torbjörn Sundberg
    18. The elusive origin of Mercury Denton S. Ebel and Sarah T. Stewart
    19. Mercury's global evolution Steven A. Hauck, II, Matthias Grott, Paul K. Byrne, Brett W. Denevi, Sabine Stanley and Timothy J. McCoy
    20. Future missions: Mercury after MESSENGER Ralph L. McNutt, Jr, Johannes Benkhoff, Masaki Fujimoto and Brian J. Anderson.

  • Editors

    Sean C. Solomon, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, New York
    Sean C. Solomon is Director of the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and William B. Ransford Professor of Earth and Planetary Science at Columbia University. He earlier served as Director of the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism at the Carnegie Institution of Washington and Professor of Geophysics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was the Principal Investigator for NASA's MESSENGER mission to Mercury from the initial mission concept in 1986 to the end of the project in 2017. He also served on the science teams for the Magellan mission to Venus, the Mars Global Surveyor mission, and the Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory mission to the Moon. A member of the US National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and former President of the American Geophysical Union, Solomon in 2014 was awarded the National Medal of Science by President Barack Obama.

    Larry R. Nittler, Carnegie Institution of Washington, Washington DC
    Larry R. Nittler conducts laboratory research on extraterrestrial materials and remote-sensing observations of planets at the Carnegie Institution of Washington. He served on NASA's MESSENGER mission to Mercury as Participating Scientist from 2007 to 2012 and Deputy Principal Investigator from 2012 to 2017. He earlier participated in the Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous, Stardust, and Genesis missions and is currently a science team member on the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Hayabusa2 asteroid sample return mission and the BepiColombo mission to Mercury. He received the 2001 Alfred O. C. Nier Prize of the Meteoritical Society and was named Fellow of that society in 2010. Asteroid 5992 Nittler is named in his honor.

    Brian J. Anderson, The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Maryland
    Brian J. Anderson is a Principal Professional Staff Physicist at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Maryland, having served earlier as Magnetospheric Section supervisor and Space Physics Group supervisor. For MESSENGER he was Magnetometer Instrument Scientist from 1999 to 2009 and Deputy Project Scientist from 2007 to 2017 while also serving as a Co-Investigator from 2009 to 2017. He was spacecraft magnetics lead and is on the science team of NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale mission. He is the Principal Investigator of the National Science Foundation's Active Magnetosphere and Planetary Electrodynamics Response Experiment. His research includes the physics of magnetospheres, plasma wave-particle physics, and planetary magnetic fields.

    Contributors

    Sean C. Solomon, Brian J. Anderson, Larry R. Nittler, Nancy L. Chabot, Timothy L. Grove, Patrick N. Peplowski, Roger J. Phillips, Paul K. Byrne, Peter B. James, Erwan Mazarico, Gregory A. Neumann, Mark E. Perry, Jean-Luc Margot, Steven A. Hauck, II, Sebastiano Padovan, Stanton J. Peale, Catherine L. Johnson, Haje Korth, Lydia C. Philpott, Brett W. Denevi, Carolyn M. Ernst, Louise M. Prockter, Mark S. Robinson; Timothy J. McCoy, Francis M. McCubbin, Shoshana Z. Weider, Scott L. Murchie, Rachel L. Klima, Noam R. Izenberg, Deborah L. Domingue, David T. Blewett, Jörn Helbert, Clark R. Chapman, David M. H. Baker, Olivier S. Barnouin, Caleb I. Fassett, Simone Marchi, William J. Merline, Lillian R. Ostrach, Robert G. Strom, Christian Klimczak, A. M. Celâl Sengör, Jennifer L. Whitten, Faith Vilas, David J. Lawrence, William C. Feldman, David A. Paige, William E. McClintock, Timothy A. Cassidy, Aimee W. Merkel, Rosemary M. Killen, Matthew H. Burger, Ronald J. Vervack, Jr, James A. Slavin, Jim M. Raines, Thomas H. Zurbuchen, Daniel N. Baker, Daniel J. Gershman, George C. Ho, Suzanne M. Imber, Stamatios M. Krimigis, Torbjörn Sundberg, Denton S. Ebel, Sarah T. Stewart, Matthias Grott, Sabine Stanley, Ralph L. McNutt, Jr, Johannes Benkhoff, Masaki Fujimoto

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