LPL Newsletter

May 1, 2024

It came from the Moon! Near-Earth asteroid Kamo'oalewa was blasted away from the Giordano Bruno crater

For the first time, scientists have traced an asteroid to its exact place of origin. Asteroid 2016 HO3 has been hurtling through space for millions of years, but a study led by LPL visiting scholar Yifei Jiao and including LPL professors Erik Asphaug and Renu Malhotra has pinpointed its origin to the lunar far side.

How Pluto got its `heart'

Artistic representation of the huge, slow impact on Pluto that led to the heart-shaped structure on its surface.
LPL Professor Erik Asphaug and Postdoctoral Research Associate Adeene Denton are co-authors on a study indicating that Pluto's Sputnik Planitia is the result of a planetary collision. The research also suggests that Pluto may not have a subsurface ocean after all.
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