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Frontiers Lecture: The Ancient Volcanoes of Mercury

Part of Frontiers Lectures

Monday, October 7, 2019

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How do scientists know there were ancient volcanoes on Mercury? NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft orbited Mercury with the goal of better understanding the planet's ancient geologic history. Planetary geologist Brett Denevi discusses her role on the MESSENGER mission and her studies surrounding the origin, composition, and evolution of planetary surfaces.

Meet the Presenter

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Brett Denevi is a planetary scientist at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), the Deputy Principal Investigator of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera, and Vice Chair of NASA’s Lunar Exploration Analysis Group. She also served as the Deputy Instrument Scientist for the Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS) on board the MESSENGER spacecraft at Mercury, and as a participating scientist on the Dawn mission at asteroid Vesta. Her research focuses on the origin and evolution of planetary surfaces, particularly the history of volcanism, the effects of impact cratering, and space weathering. Brett is the recipient of the 2015 Maryland Academy of Science outstanding young scientist award, a NASA Early Career Fellowship, seven NASA group achievement awards, and asteroid 9026 Denevi was named in her honor.

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