Guildford Astronomical Society

Prof. Neil Bowles

Prof. Neil Bowles - Credit: University of OxfordProf. Neil Bowles
Credit: University of Oxford

Neil Bowles is a Professor in the Department of Physics, University of Oxford.
He is a Co-Investigator as part of NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission and is leading the development of the Lunar Thermal Mapper for NASA’s Lunar Trailblazer mission.
His lunar research interests include understanding the Moon’s surface composition from lunar satellite observations and mapping and understanding its temperature properties for future robotic and human exploration.
DateTalk at GAS meeting
7 Jan 2021A Zoom talk: The latest news of Lunar Exploration

Measurements by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter’s Diviner radiometer instrument have revealed the Moon’s surface to be one of temperature extremes, from over 100 C at noon on the equator to some of the lowest recorded naturally occurring temperatures at the poles of < -240 C.
Why is this the case?
And what does it mean for the future of planetary science and exploration of the solar system?
Our space instrumentation, laboratory and numerical modelling work in Oxford are helping with the next generation of missions to airless bodies in our solar system, including NASA’s recently confirmed Lunar Trailblazer small satellite.