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A miniature mission to the Moon, and what the hell ARE those spots on Ceres?

28 Aug 2015, 16:33 UTC
A miniature mission to the Moon, and what the hell ARE those spots on Ceres?
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A Miniature Moon mission  to search out lunar ice:Over the last ten or fifteen years a quiet revolution has been going on in space technology: Like computers in the latter half of last century, they've been getting smaller - and the most popular of the miniature spacecraft is the 10cm by 10cm by 10cm cubesat.  This year has seen cubesats start to come of age, with a cubesat flying with a solar sail, cubesats flying to Mars, and now a cubesat based craft from Arizona state University is set to map water ice deposits on the Moon: Latest pictures back from Ceres:Five months ago the Dawn spacecraft pulled into orbit about the dwarf planet Ceres. One of the first things its team noticed - in fact something that had even been noticed by the Hubble space telescope from Earth - were some incredibly reflective spots punctuating the dusty surface. These were so bright that Dawn's camera had trouble seeing inside of then, due to the glare.Above: Images of Ceres taken by Hubble - the bright spot is the mysterious bright spot in Occator crater. Courtesy of NASA  and Tom Caldwell.But the Dawn mission is a billion dollar exploration vessel controlled ...

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