Surprising Water Ice Discovery on Ceres

Surprising Water Ice Discovery on Ceres

“Water in our solar system is potentially related to creation of life. It is possible … that there is a small layer of liquid water inside Ceres.

“Water in our solar system is potentially related to creation of life.

It is possible … that there is a small layer of liquid water inside Ceres.

…The question is, what is the process that made the water present here?”

– Jean-Philippe Combe, Ph.D., Remote Sensing
and Spectroscopy, Bear Fight Inst., Winthrop, WA

It’s now known that the 13,000-foot-high, 11-mile-wide Ahuna Mons mountain on Ceres is solid ice, providing evidence that water has been, or is now, beneath the Ceres surface. In the September 2, 2016 issue of Science, Jean-Philippe Combe, Ph.D., a remote sensing and spectroscopy scientist at the Bear Fight Institute in Winthrop, Washington, reports the first and only confirmed detection of water ice on the surface of the dwarf planet in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. The water ice was detected in a crater named Oxo by the Visible and InfraRed Mapping Spectrometer (VIR) aboard the Dawn spacecraft. Ice mountain image credit: Dawn Science Team/NASA/JPL-Caltech/GSFC.


Source: Earthfiles.com

September 12, 2016

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