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Astronauts and Robots 2015: JPL


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American Astronautical Society, Astronauts and Robots: Partners in Space Exploration, May 12-13, 2015 -

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Astronauts and Robots 2015: JPL

  1. 1. At the dawn of the solar system the solar nebula was rich in radioactive heat sources, a portion of which decayed rapidly within the first few million years – Were there chemical variations in the nebular disk? – How did the formation time affect the outcome? – What processes have mixed material post-formation?
  2. 2. Vesta Size in Context Lutetia Mathilde Ida Eros Gaspra Steins Annefrank Itokawa Braille Vesta Ceres Ceres and Vesta Size in Context
  3. 3. Dawn at Ceres
  4. 4. Dawn at Ceres Next Up: Survey Orbit: 4400 km alt. Jun 5 –Jul 1 2015 HAMO: 1470 km alt. Aug 4 – Oct 8 2015 LAMO: 375 km alt. Dec 1 2015 – Mar 6 2016 HAMO: High Altitude Mapping Orbit LAMO: Low Altitude Mapping Orbit
  5. 5. Dawn at Ceres 13500 km Altitude 20x Hubble
  6. 6. Veneneia Rheasilvia
  7. 7. 0 200 400 Abundance of hydrogen (ppm) Vesta is a dry igneous body with a veneer of hydrated mater
  8. 8. Marcia Crater on Vesta
  9. 9. Marcia Crater on Vesta
  10. 10. Cornelia Crater on Vesta
  11. 11. Infalls, carbonates, evaporites? Dirty Ice (rock? Salts?) on top of Frozen Ocean Metal-Rich Core and/or Dry Silicates Hydrated Silicates