DTM at the 47th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference

LPSC 2016

The 47th Lunar and Planetary Science (LPSC) conference will be held on 21-25 March 2016, in The Woodlands, Texas, at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center. Six scientists from DTM will attend the conference this year to present talks and posters on a range of different planetary science topics.


"Nature" Documents Scott Sheppard's Hunt for a Mystery Planet

Subaru Telescope

DTM staff scientist Scott Sheppard and his team of astronomers are racing to find an unseen world at the outer fringes of the Solar System. Catch a glimpse into one of Sheppard's nights of stargazing at the Subaru telescope atop Mauna Kea, Hawaii, in this article titled "On a hunt for a mystery planet" published in Nature


Mercury’s Mysterious “Darkness” Revealed


Scientists have long been puzzled about what makes Mercury’s surface so dark. The innermost planet reflects much less sunlight than the Moon, a body on which surface darkness is controlled by the abundance of iron-rich minerals. These are known to be rare at Mercury’s surface, so what is the “darkening agent” there?


Jacqueline Dixon Joins DTM as the 20th Merle A. Tuve Senior Fellow

Jackie Dixon

Jacqueline Dixon, dean of the University of South Florida's College of Marine Science, joins DTM as the 20th Merle A. Tuve Senior Fellow. Her Tuve Lecture will be held on 7 April, 2016, in the Greenewalt Auditorium.


Postdoc Spotlight: Geochemist Rita Parai

Rita Parai

Forged from a childhood love of mixing household chemicals in uncontrolled settings and an ever-growing rock collection, DTM postdoctoral fellow Rita Parai always knew she wanted to study planets. Her only question was, how? 


The 2016 Years of Service Award Recipients are Named

Carnegie News

In recognition of their dedication and contributions to DTM over the years, five DTM employees were awarded the Years of Service award on 19 February 2016.