LPL Newsletter: October 2018

Monday, October 1, 2018

This month’s LPL Newsletter has a distinct volcanic theme.

Assistant Professor Christopher Hamilton has been named one of Science News magazine's 10 young scientists to watch (SN10; the only planetary scientist in the list). Christopher spends some of his time studying terrestrial volcanic areas like Iceland and Hawai’i, and then applies that knowledge to volcanoes all over the solar system.

Associate Staff Scientist Michael Sori led a team studying why the dwarf planet Ceres (the largest object in the main asteroid belt) seems to have only a single volcano (Ahuna Mons), and a young one at that. Spoiler alert: it’s not really alone.

Meanwhile, the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is drawing closer to its target asteroid, Bennu. Several stories under "More News" feature various aspects of OSIRIS-REx; you'll also find an interesting overview of LPL’s long (more than fifty-year) history of involvement in planetary missions.

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Timothy D. Swindle, Ph.D.
Director and Department Head

Christopher Hamilton Explores the Architecture of Other Worlds

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Extreme geology on Earth holds clues to what we could find throughout the solar system.

Ceres Takes Life an Ice Volcano at a Time

Friday, September 14, 2018

In a new study by University of Arizona planetary scientists, observations prove that ice volcanoes on the dwarf planet Ceres generate enough material to fill one movie theater each year.