Science Café Cleveland presents


Mercury and Beyond:

How and Why We Explore the Planets


MAY 11, 2015




Steven A. Hauck II, PhD

Associate Professor, Planetary Geodynamics, Case Western Reserve University





Each of the planets in our Solar System has its own story to tell.  Earth-based telescope observations have identified and tracked our planetary companions orbiting the Sun for hundreds of years.  However, exploration with spacecraft have shown us these worlds up close, some in such detail we could imagine exploring them on foot. Starting with NASA's MESSENGER mission, which was the first spacecraft to orbit and map the planet Mercury we'll discuss the scientific rationale for sending space robots to explore the other worlds in our planetary neighborhood.  Discussion topics will range from the origins of the planets, to the nature of their surface and interiors, and why the solid bodies throughout the solar system are so different. 




Moskowitz, Clara (Feb. 17, 2015). "NASA's Messenger Mission to Mercury Nears End, Scientific American." Space / Scientific American 312(3). []


Drake, Nadia (March 16, 2014). "Solar System's Smalles Planet Is Shrinking." No Place Like Home / National Geographic. []


Lakdawalla, Emily (2014/12/31). "Planetary exploration in 2015: The Year of the Dwarf Planet." Blogs / The PLanetary Society Your place in space. []






The Tasting Room at Great Lakes Brewing Company

2701 Carroll Avenue

Cleveland, Ohio 44113



May 11, 2015

Doors will be open 5:30 - 9:00 PM (Last call at 8:45PM). Presentation and discussion is 7:00 - 8:00 PM. The Tasting Room will also host a limited menu before and during the event. Not to mention beer! (Click here to view menu).


*Please Note* A few of our cafes have approached capacity and/or standing room only. If you want to be 100% sure to get in and get a good seat, you might want to arrive a bit early.


WHO: Sponsored by Case Western Reserve University chapter of Sigma Xi, WCPN ideastream, and Great Lakes Brewing Company



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