National Air and Space Museum 2015 Annual Report

Research

Beagle Rupes
Beagle Rupes, a bow-shaped fault scarp and one the most curved scarps found on Mercury. Red arrows show the location of the Beagle Rupes. Center for Earth and Planetary Studies senior scientist Tom Watters is involved in fault scarp research on Mercury.

Behind the scenes at the National Air and Space Museum, curators, fellows, and scientists conduct research that increases our understanding of aviation and space exploration's role in history; science and technology's central place in modern life; and the latest findings about our solar system. Activities include geologic field studies; research of Earth-like planets and direct involvement in planetary missions; contributing to professional organizations and societies; conducting historical research; hosting symposiums; and writing scholarly and popular books, papers, and articles.