The 36th MESSENGER Science Team Meeting* (STM36) will be led by Larry Nittler on April 12-14, 2016, at the Carnegie Institution for Science headquarters in downtown Washington, D.C.
The MESSENGER (MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging) mission to orbit Mercury following three flybys of that planet is a scientific investigation of the planet Mercury. Understanding Mercury, and the forces that have shaped it is fundamental to understanding the terrestrial planets and their evolution. The orbital phase used the flyby data as an initial guide to perform a focused scientific investigation of this enigmatic world. Former DTM Director Sean Solomon is the Principal Investigator of the MESSENGER Mission. DTM Staff Scientist Larry Nittler is the Deputy Principal Investigator.