Expected Geochemical and Mineralogical Properties of Meteorites from Mercury:Inferences from MESSENGER Data

McCubbin F. M. * McCoy T. J. 79th Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society (2016) [#6242] LINK

Pluto’s atmosphere

updated: 24 July, 23:00 CEST LINK LINK LINK Pluto starts to reveal its geological features LINK

Dawn’s First Color Map of Ceres


Jupiter’s decisive role in the inner Solar System’s early evolution

Konstantin Batygin and Greg Laughlin PNAS 2015 ; published ahead of print March 23, 2015, doi:10.1073/pnas.1423252112 LINK Supporting Information (PDF)

The two views of Ceres

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Ceres – seen by Dawn III

This animation showcases a series of images NASA’s Dawn spacecraft took on approach to Ceres on Feb. 4, 2015 at a distance of about 90,000 miles (145,000 kilometers) from the dwarf planet. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA/PSI

Short-term variability on the surface of (1) Ceres. A changing amount of water ice?

D. Perna, Z. Kaňuchová, S. Ieva, S. Fornasier, M. A. Barucci, C. Lantz, E. Dotto, G. Strazzulla PDF LINK (full text) LINK

Ceres – seen by Dawn spacecraft II

This animation of the dwarf planet Ceres was made by combining images taken by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft on January 25, 2015. The spacecraft’s framing camera took these images, at a distance of about 147,000 miles…

Measurement of Thermal Properties of the Ordinary Chondrites Relevant to Planet-Forming Processes

K. A. McCain, F. J. Ciesla, P. R. Heck, S. S. Rout, M. Pellin, C. Malliakas, J. F. Mitchell 46th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (2015), Abstract #2730 PDF LINK

Dawn’s new photo of Ceres

taken 1 December 2014 from a distance of 740,000 miles (1.2 million kilometers) Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA

Episodic warming of early Mars by punctuated volcanism

Itay Halevy, James W. Head III Nature Geoscience (2014) doi:10.1038/ngeo2293 published online 17 November 2014 LINK

Atmospheric mass loss during planet formation: The importance of planetesimal impacts

Hilke E. Schlichting, Re’em Sari, Almog Yalin Icarus DOI: 10.1016/j.icarus.2014.09.053 LINK

The Case of the Missing Ceres Family

Andrew S. Rivkin Erik Asphaug, William F. Bottke Icarus DOI: 10.1016/j.icarus.2014.08.007 available online 23 August 2014 LINK