NEWS & EVENTS
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Thursday, August 15, 2013
1 pm PDT | 2 pm MDT | 3 pm CDT | 4 pm EDT
Just why are we so excited? Dawn is on the way to its second destination in the main asteroid belt, dwarf planet Ceres. This is the first time in human history we have sent a spacecraft to explore what we believe to be an icy world. And where there is ice, there is insight to be gained into the origins of life in our solar system.
Britney Schmidt (Georgia Institute of Technology) and Julie Castillo-Rogez (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) will discuss Ceres, a class of solar system objects that we haven't yet explored in depth, and how those explorations have the potential to change our concept of early solar system formation. We are predicting that Ceres is a dirt-covered icy world which will tell us about processes that operate in the early solar system, where, for a long time, most scientists thought ice didn't exist.
- Right here. The live video will be broadcast on this page starting at
4:00 pm EDT on August 15, 2013.
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- Watch from the Dawn Mission YouTube channel
Brett Denevi is a Planetary Scientist in the Space Department of The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md. Her research focuses on the composition, origin, and evolution of planetary and asteroidal surfaces, including regolith development. As well as being a Vesta participating scientist on the Dawn mission, she is part of the MESSENGER and Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera mission teams.
Paul Schenk is a staff scientist at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, Texas. He began his planetary science career working for the Voyager mission, and has contributed to our knowledge of the topography and geology of various icy satellites of the outer planets, as well as Vesta and Mars. Paul worked on Galileo, is a Cassini participating scientist, and published Atlas of the Galilean Satellites, a book on the surfaces of all four moons.