‘Cereously’: An Ice Shell of Ceres keeps fiery debates burning

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In March 2015, researchers were excited as they waited for details about the dwarf planet Ceres from NASA’s Dawn mission. Further knowledge of the structure, surface, and history of Ceres were long-awaited and in acquisition. Dawn's revelation of the composition of Ceres’ 40-km-thick crust is debated among researchers despite the wealth of data collected. 

 

A photo of Ceres

Ceres. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA 

Enjoy a lively viewpoint from the authors of the abstract An Ice Shell of Ceres which includes Astrogeology Science Center's space scientist Mike Bland.