Unravelling the Interior Evolution of Rocky Planets through Large-Scale Numerical Simulations

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The large amount of data returned by several space missions to the terrestrial planets has greatly improved our understanding of the similarities and differences between the innermost planets of our Solar System. Nevertheless, their interior remains poorly known since most of the data is related to surface processes. In the absence of direct data of the interior evolution of terrestrial planets, numerical simulations of mantle convection are an important mean to reconstruct the thermal and chemical history of the interior of the Earth, Moon, Mercury, Venus and Mars. In this project, run on Hornet of HLRS, researchers used the mantle convection code Gaia to model the thermal evolution of terrestrial planets and in particular the early stage of their history.

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Principal Investigator

Ana-Catalina Plesa

Institute of Planetary Research, Planetary Physics, German Aerospace Center/DLR, Berlin (Germany)