DAWN of the Dwarf Planet
The Dawn Spacecraft is currently investigating the dwarf planet Ceres, after having successfully explored the nearby asteroid Vesta. These two diverse bodies have given us a glimpse into the very beginnings of the solar system when the building blocks of planets like the Earth were being assembled. Vesta had some of the earliest volcanoes, while the ice-rich Ceres likely had an ancient subsurface ocean. Dawn observations today are providing plenty of surprises, Dr. Byrne will discuss Dawn's achievements to date and the ongoing exploration of Ceres.