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AGU 2015 session: Solar system small bodies-relics of formation and new worlds to explore

18 Dec 2015, 06:15 UTC
AGU 2015 session: Solar system small bodies-relics of formation and new worlds to explore
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Tomorrow is the last day of the Fall AGU Meeting and I am convening and chairing another session on ASTEROIDS!
This session entitled “Solar system small bodies: relics of formation and new worlds to explore” was organized with my colleagues Padma A Yanamandra-Fisher from Space Science Institute and Julie C. Castillo from Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
NASA’s Dawn spacecraft found that bright spots on dwarf planet Ceres are most likely salt deposits. (Photo: Twitter/EdmundoCalero)
We have a surprise for the oral session scheduled on Friday 18 December from 10:20 to 12:20, since we managed to replace two last minute cancelation by a talk of 30-min given by C. Russel to review the latest findings with Dawn at Ceres. See below.

The composition and physical properties of Small Solar System Bodies (SSSBs), remnants of the formation of planets, are key to better understand our solar system. Increased knowledge of their surface properties and their potential as resources are also necessary to prepare for robotic and human exploration. Hints about the internal structure and composition of SSSBs have been acquired recently thanks to flyby/rendezvous data from space missions, study of complex multiple asteroid systems, or close encounter between asteroids. This session welcomes abstracts ...

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