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Satellites in our solar system present environments as unusual and diverse as those found on terrestrial planets.  Prof. Jonathan Mitchell focuses his work on understanding the climate of Saturn’s largest moon Titan, which boasts oceans and lakes of liquid hydrocarbons.  Prof. An Yin studies the icy shell of Enceladus, another moon of Saturn, whose crust bears planet-wide cracks that periodically spew water vapor into space.  As the principal investigator of the Diviner instrument onboard the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, Prof. David Paige and his team study the thermal properties of the Moon, identifying permanently shadowed regions at the lunar poles.  Prof. Gerald Schubert studies the interior structure and magnetic fields generated by Jupiter’s Galilean satellites: Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto.

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Jonathan Mitchell David Paige Gerald Schubert An Yin

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