Using the visible and infrared mapping spectrometer instrument on NASA's Dawn spacecraft, detected the carbon-containing molecules in and around the Ernutet Crater. (Space.com) More
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Posted on 15 December 2017 | 1:20 am | Google News
Dawn Gets One Last, Close Look at Ceres
The fuel in the spacecraft's tank is running low, and a few months back we reported that NASA was debating what to do with the last bit. Now, they've made their decision: Dawn will spend the last of its remaining fuel getting closer to the surface of ...
NASA Finds Organic Material on Dwarf Planet Ceres
Posted on 20 October 2017 | 1:16 pm | Google News
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"Still a Puzzle" --Organics-Rich Region on Ceres Found to Be Native to the Dwarf Planet (VIDEO)
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Since then, the Dawn spacecraft has detected localized organic-rich material that Southwest Research Institute(SwRI) scientists have studying to explore different scenarios for its origin. After considering the viability of comet or asteroid delivery ...
Posted on 19 October 2017 | 11:48 am | Google News
Scientists dig into the origin of organics on dwarf planet Ceres
"The discovery of a locally high concentration of organics close to the Ernutet crater poses an interesting conundrum," said Dr. Simone Marchi, a principal scientist at SwRI. He is discussing his team findings today at a press conference at the ...
Posted on 18 October 2017 | 2:42 pm | Google News
Interstellar Ice Acts Like a Liquid in Ultraviolet Light
Researchers discovered this effect while re-creating the conditions of our early solar system's planet-forming disk in a laboratory environment, revealing how organic chemistry might react to the deep freeze of the system's outer regions and how the ...
Posted on 29 September 2017 | 5:21 pm | Google News
Cassini's search for the building blocks of life on Titan
Dubbed Cassini's "goodbye kiss" by NASA, Titan has been the subject of much scrutiny by the probe, with 127 flybys on its 13-year mission exploring the planetary system. One of Cassini's greatest feats is its contribution to untangling the complicated ...
Posted on 13 September 2017 | 6:40 am | Google News
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