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October 05, 2018: Ceres After Dawn: Impressions of a Dwarf Planet

Posted on Sep 26, 2018 in Seminars

Kynan Hughson (UCLA)

Talk Title: Ceres After Dawn: Impressions of a Dwarf Planet

Abstract:

As we approach the end of Dawn’s 11 year mission to explore the uncharted worlds of the asteroid Vesta and the dwarf planet Ceres, join me in reflection of this overachieving spacecraft’s monumental legacy at Ceres. In the past three and a half years at Ceres, Dawn has observed anomalous ammonium, vexatious volcanoes, wandering water ice, freaky flows, effervescent evaporites, capricious carbon, and many more peculiarities. As your guide to Dawn’s extraordinary observations of Ceres, I will take you on a journey to explore strange new landscapes and geology. To uncover new chemistry and new cerean paradigms. To boldly go where no spacecraft has gone before.