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Dr Mahesh Anand
Mahesh is a Reader in Planetary Science and Exploration in the School of Physical Sciences at The Open University.
Mahesh's research is about understanding the origin and evolution of water and other associated volatiles in the Solar System. In order to address these questions, he leads a team of researchers comprising of PhD students, postdocs and international collaborators to analyse samples from Moon, Mars and asteroids for their elemental and isotopic composition using modern analytical instrumentation. In particular, his work on Moon rocks returned by all 6 Apollo missions have transformed our understanding of the history of water in the lunar interior. His research findings are making significant contributions towards informing various lunar exploration missions being planned by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Chinese National Space Agency (CNSA).
Apart from his scientific research, he has coordinated the UK-node of NASA Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI) since its inception in 2009, and led the establishment of an annual European Lunar Symposium (ELS). He also serves on several ESA committees and the European Space Sciences Committee (ESSC) in his capacity as a leading expert in Europe in the field of lunar sample science. He also led a Topical Team for ESA on the exploitation of local planetary materials that brought together planetary scientists and material scientists to evaluate the resource potential of the Moon. The work of this team was instrumental in generating significant momentum in the European science and industry communities which resulted in an enhanced level of activity in the area of In-Situ Resource Utilisation (ISRU) of the Moon as evidenced by a highly successful recent workshop at ESA which he helped to co-organise.
His work is closely connected to OU teaching in the field of Earth and Planetary Sciences. The highly successful Moons MOOC, the second level planetary science module S283, and the postgraduate module S818, all include significant contents based around our scientific understanding of the Moon and Apollo missions.
He is passionate about communicating science to the wider audience and stakeholders and has hosted summer interns from schools and universities as well as organised dedicated public events such as the Moon Night event in Dec 2017. He has also written for The Conversation and have been involved in producing various media outputs associated with my lunar science activities.
Dr Mahesh Anand's activities
Browse 9 OpenLearn items Dr Mahesh Anand has worked on
Explore our collection of courses, articles, videos, audios and interactive features on Moons.
20 Jul 2019
When Apollo 11 landed on the Moon on 20 July 1969, history was made. Fifty years later, it stands as arguably the greatest achievement of the 20th century and a testament to human endeavour and perseverance.
20 Jul 2019
Listen to the Earth’s Reflection – a specially commissioned piece of music composed by Yazz Ahmed in collaboration with Dr Mahesh Anand.
19 Jul 2019
Members of The Open University contribute to a video by the Royal Society, explaining how to survive on the Moon for more than a couple of days.
18 Jul 2019
Use our Virtual Microscope to examine a selection of Moon rocks collected by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, from the Apollo 11 mission in 1969.
10 Jul 2019
The first Moon landing is arguably the most important event for humankind. Dr Mahesh Anand and Dr Andrew G Tindle, shed light on the work which has taken place with the Moon rocks taken from that mission.
09 Jul 2019
Watch Dr Mahesh Anand's lecture on the topic of the dark side of the Moon, which was given to the Royal Astronomical Society.
10 Jan 2019
There are many reasons to be excited by the Lunar Mission One; Dr Mahesh Anand outlines why the project is unique.
19 Nov 2014
Dr Mahesh Anand discusses how Lunar Mission One will not only go to the moon but will take the people along with it.
18 Nov 2014
Dr Mahesh Anand's Research & Publications
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