David Rothery is a professor of planetary geosciences at the Open University in Milton Keyes, England, where he studies volcanic activity with remote sensing, as well as volcanology and geoscience on other planets. He earned a Ph.D. on the applications of remote sensing from Open University in 1982 and has been a professor of planetary geosciences since 2013. Prior to that he had served as a senior lecturer since 1994. David is the U.K. lead co-investigator on the Mercury Imaging X-ray Spectrometer aboard the European Space Agency's BepiColombo mission to Mercury and chairs ESA's Mercury Surface and Composition Working Group. He is the author of several books on space geosciences, including his landmark Planet Mercury: From Pale Pink Dot to Dynamic World (Springer-Praxis, 2014). You can see David's latest updates by following him on Twitter.
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