Research report 2019 - Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research

Exploration of dwarf planet Ceres 

Authors
Nathues, Andreas; Christensen, Ulrich R.
Departments
Planeten und Kometen
Summary
The exploration of the conditions that have prevailed in the early Solar System was the goal of NASA’s Dawn mission [1] for which MPS provided two structurally identical cameras. Dawn initially explored the asteroid Vesta followed by Ceres. The mission phase at Ceres has led to remarkable discoveries. Water ice is present both on the surface and in the interior of Ceres and has modified their mineral composition. In addition, cryomagmatic activity was proven.

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