Mahesh’s research work has spanned geological studies of ancient igneous terrains on Earth to diamonds to lunar, Martian and other meteoritic samples. His recent research has focussed on understanding the history of volatiles in lunar samples, specifically, the abundance, distribution and sources of water in the lunar interior.
He has been involved in supervising over 25 PhD students and postdocs and has published over 70 peer-reviewed papers in journals of high-scientific standing. He currently chairs the UK-node of the NASA Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI) comprising of over 100 members from 15 UK higher education institutions.
In the video below, Mahesh discusses the far side of the moon and why we need samples from it.