CASPER Seminar: "The internal structure of Venus, as revealed by gravity anomalies"

DateOctober 12, 2018
Time2:30 - 3:30 pm
LocationBaylor Research & Innovation Collaborative (BRIC) Room 3160

Baylor University and CASPER present:

Dr. Peter James

Assistant Professor of Geosciences, Baylor University

The internal structure of Venus, as revealed by gravity anomalies


Venus is a planet very similar to our own-with a similar size and composition-yet Venus’s climate, magnetosphere, and geologic activity are dramatically different from Earth’s. Many of these differences can be attributed to the planets’ inner workings. This talk will present models of crustal thickness and mantle flow in Venus inferred from gravity anomalies detected by NASA’s Magellan spacecraft.


Dr. James earned his Ph.D. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2013, and was hired as an assistant professor of Geosciences at Baylor last summer. As a postdoctoral scientist, he has sat on the science team for three NASA spacecraft missions: the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbite (LRO), the Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission, and the Mercury Surface, Space Environment, Geochemistry and Ranging (MESSENGER) mission.

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