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Professor David Rothery is a volcanologist and planetary scientist at The Open University, where he is Professor of Planetary Geosciences within the Department of Physical Sciences.

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Professor David Rothery is a volcanologist and planetary scientist at The Open University, where he is Professor of Planetary Geosciences within the Department of Physical Sciences. In 2006 he was appointed UK Lead Scientist on MIXS (Mercury Imaging X-ray Spectrometer) on the European Space Agency mission to Mercury (to be launched in 2016).
His research interests centre on the study of volcanic activity by means of remote sensing, and volcanology and geoscience in general on other planets.
Books include Planets: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press), Geology: The Key Ideas [Teach Yourself Geology] (Hodder Education), and Teach Yourself Volcanoes, Earthquakes and Tsunamis (Hodder Education).

Academic advisor for: Fracking: No need for all the fuss, OU on the BBC: Stargazing LIVE Series 2 - Episode 1, OU on the BBC: The Search For Life - The Drake Equation

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World Space Week: Is there life beyond Earth?

World Space Week: Is there life beyond Earth? Copyrighted image Credit: photos.com
Intermediate level Duration 1 hour Updated 16 Sep 2014
Open University academics discuss their recent findings during a special World Space Week Lecture: Is there life beyond Earth?

Big moon rising

Big moon rising Creative commons image Credit: Raja Singh under CC BY 2.0 licence
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 07 Aug 2014
David Rothery doesn't think the supermoon we're due to see on 10 August deserves that much attention 

Fracking: No need for all the fuss

Fracking: No need for all the fuss Creative commons image Credit: By Joshua Doubek (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 20 Sep 2013
Geologist David Rothery considers the benefits of fracking against the environmental concerns.

Meteoric

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Meteoric Creative commons image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 29 May 2013
Rocks hurtling through space shape the surface of the moons and planets as collide – and now you can use your skill and knowledge to make your own...

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Big moon rising Creative commons image Credit: Raja Singh under CC BY 2.0 licence
Comment posted by Joanna Jervis on 10th Aug 2014
:( Science ruins everything....
A day on Mercury Copyrighted image Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington/Brown University
Comment posted by Barry Cooper on 17th Apr 2014
Although it might seem unlikely, as Mercury is a rocky body so close to the Sun, it is not impossible in my reckoning. Mercury turns very slowly on its axis so although the day side of the planet...
Fracking: No need for all the fuss Creative commons image Credit: By Joshua Doubek (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Comment posted by Julia Trachsel on 10th Nov 2013
Sorry, meant to include the link to the New Brunswick, Canada, Fracking website where I obtained the quotes in used in my comment. http://nbfrackingresearch.com/
Fracking: No need for all the fuss Creative commons image Credit: By Joshua Doubek (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Comment posted by Julia Trachsel on 10th Nov 2013
A fracking project in British Columbia, Canada in 2010...Quote: "2010 Apache Oil proclaimed that it had completed the largest fracking job ever in the Horn River Basin (BC) ever – requiring 195...
Fracking: No need for all the fuss Creative commons image Credit: By Joshua Doubek (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Comment posted by Roy Marler on 9th Nov 2013
It's good to see some sensible discussion on fracking. Surely there are other issues though. I was under the impression that fracking required large quantities of water, something that is...

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Mythbusting moons
Comment posted by Professor David Rothery on 11th Aug 2014
Hi Jack ...
OU on the BBC: Stargazing LIVE Series 3 Copyrighted image Credit: BBC
Comment posted by Professor David Rothery on 20th Jan 2012
Any condensed body with 4 million times the mass of the Sun could not sustain itself against collapse. There is no way it could have the same density as the Sun if its size (from other measurements...

Professor David Rothery's research

David A. Rothery, Rebecca J. Thomas and Laura Kerber (2013) Prolonged eruptive history of a compound volcano on Mercury: volcanic and tectonic implications, In Earth and Planetary Science Letters N/A(385)

S. Z. Weider et al. (2012-01) The Chandrayaan-1 X-ray Spectrometer: first results, In Planetary and Space Science 1(60)

S. Z. Weider et al. (2012-01) The Chandrayaan-1 X-ray Spectrometer: First results, In Planetary and Space Science 1(60)

S. Narendranath et al. (2011-07) Lunar X-ray fluorescence observations by the Chandrayaan-1 X-ray Spectrometer (C1XS): results from the nearside southern highlands, In Icarus 1(214)

Matthew R. Balme et al. (2011) Morphologies associated with small impact crater clusters in the Western Elysium Planitia region of Mars, In European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2011

David A. Rothery (2010-11) Planets: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford University Press

David A. Rothery and M. Massironi (2010-09) Beagle Rupes – evidence for a basal decollement of regional extent in Mercury's lithosphere, In Icarus 1(209)

David A. Rothery (2010-08-27) Geology: the Key Ideas (4th ed.), Hodder Headline

David A. Rothery et al. (2010) Mercury's surface and composition to be studied by BepiColombo, In Planetary and Space Science 1-2(58)

G. W. Fraser et al. (2010) The mercury imaging X-ray spectrometer (MIXS) on BepiColombo, In Planetary and Space Science 1-2(58)

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