High Time for Another Mission?

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


It was nearly 30 years after the demise of Mariner 10 in March 1975 before the next mission to Mercury was launched. Such a delay is excusable given that the last quarter of the twentieth century saw major progress in other aspects of Solar System science including Venus landings and mapping from orbit by radar, the first orbital exploration of the Jupiter system, the dawn of a new era of Mars exploration, and the launch of the Cassini mission to Saturn.


Solar Wind Heat Pipe Laser Altimeter Nominal Mission Mercury Laser Altimeter 
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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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