The Mariner 10 Era of Mercury Science

  • David A. Rothery
Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)


In this chapter I want to summarise what we found out about Mercury as a result of Mariner 10 and the ground-based observations (principally radar and spectroscopy) carried out until the first few years of the current century. It is thus a snapshot of Mercury knowledge in the immediate pre-MESSENGER era, when we had seen almost half of Mercury in close-up and had amassed a certain amount of geophysical data. I will try to avoid presenting as ‘the truth’ any Mariner 10 era interpretations that we now know to be incorrect.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David A. Rothery
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  1. 1.Department of Physical SciencesThe Open UniversityMilton KeynesUK

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