David Heather - Personal Profiles
David HeatherProject Scientist
Main Research Fields
My research areas encompass planetary geology and remote sensing, particularly on the Moon, and include questions regarding: geological mapping, morphology, lunar volcanism and volcanic history, impact cratering and lunar stratigraphy, volatiles, habitability, and ISRU. I use multispectral mapping, spectroscopy and analysis of planetary image data in support of my research.
I am interested in understanding the mineralogical and morphological chracteristics of the lunar surface, and how they have changed and evolved over time. In particular, I am interested in the history of lunar volcanism and how this has shaped the Moon as we see it today.
For the upcoming PROSPECT mission, I am also interested in exploring the composition, distribution and role of volatiles in the near lunar surface, and the characterisation/selection of sites for future human and robotic exploration, particularly with respect to in-situ resource utilisation.
Planetary geology & remote sensing: Moon, surface mineralogy, volcanism, impact cratering, planetary mapping, volatiles, habitability, ISRU
ESA/ESAC, ES: Sebastien Besse - lunar volcanism and mineralogical mapping.
University of Lancaster, UK: L. Wilson - application of remote sensing data to the volcanic history of Marius Hills.
Project/mission at ESA
PROSPECT - The Package for Resource Observation and in-Situ Prospecting for Exploration, Commercial exploitation and Transportation (PROSPECT) is a package to access and assess potential resources on the Moon and to prepare technologies that may be used to extract these resources in the future.
Planetary Archives Scientist: current / past involvement in science archiving of data from PROSPECT, Rosetta, Mars Express, Venus Express, ExoMars, Huygens, Chandrayaan-1, BepiColombo, SMART-1, Giotto