Mercury and Beyond: How and Why We Explore the Planets
How did the planets in our solar system form? What are they made of? And why are they so
different from one another? These are some of the questions that Shaker resident Dr. Steven
A. Hauck, Professor of Planetary Geodynamics at Case Western Reserve University, will
answer. While terrestrial telescopes have provided researchers a wealth of information over the
centuries, observations from unmanned spacecraft are leading to new realms of discovery.
Programs such as NASA's MESSENGER mission to Mercury, in which Dr. Hauck served as a
participating scientist, have given us a tremendous amount of data regarding the structure and
nature of the planets.
Dr. Hauck is a planetary scientist who studies the evolution of interiors and surfaces of the
planets, including Earth. During his 15 years at CWRU, Dr. Hauck has authored or co-authored
numerous publications; served as a peer reviewer; mentored dozens of graduate students, and
has been a featured speaker at many professional and public lectures.