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Mark Bentley

  • PhD
  • BepiColombo Data Analysis Scientist
  • European Space Astronomy Centre
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Recent publications

  • Fractal cometary dust - A window into the early Solar system

    • Mannel T
    • Bentley M
    • Schmied R
    • et al.
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  • The 2016 Feb 19 outburst of comet 67P/CG: An ESA rosetta multi-instrument study

    • Grün E
    • Agarwal J
    • Altobelli N
    • et al.
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Professional experience

BepiColombo Data Analysis Scientist

European Space Astronomy Centre

September 2017 - Present

Planetary scientist

Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Institut für Weltraumforschung

May 2008 - August 2017(9 years)



May 2006 - May 2008(2 years)

Spacecraft simulations engineer


September 1998 - August 2000(2 years)


PhD (Planetary Sciences)

Open University, UK

September 2000 - December 2004(4 years)

MPhys Physics with Space Science and Technology

University of Leicester

September 1994 - June 1998(4 years)

Research interests

Space weathering Cometary dust Instrumentation Magnetic susceptibility


Having always been interested in space, I found my way to Leicester Uni to study Physics with Space Science and Tech. Wanting some experience/money (delete as appropriate) afterwards I worked for two years at Science Systems on spacecraft simulators before joining the Open University to study for my PhD in planetary sciences. Originally planning to prototype an instrument for the BepiColombo Mercury lander, my research interests shifted to space weathering with the deletion of said lander. After doing some "odd jobs" at the OU after my PhD (instrument testing and breadboard development), I spent a few months in Paris working on processing Mars Global Surveyor magnetometer data. Want another taste of industry I moved to Leiden, The Netherlands and worked for a small company, cosine, on various projects related to planetary science (microbolometer detectors, highly integrated payload suites, etc.). I also spent some time at ESTEC, working with the Flight Spare model of the MIDAS instrument (a spare-born AFM for cometary dust, flying on the Rosetta comet chaser mission). This ultimately led me to Graz, Austria, where I am currently working to prepare MIDAS for operations at comet 67P, and doing cometary science when I have any spare time!

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