PS4.4 MediaNew light at Ceres
|Convener: M.J. Toplis | Co-Conveners: M. Cristina De Sanctis , Ralf Jaumann , Andreas Nathues|
The dwarf planet Ceres is the largest object in the main asteroid belt, containing up to one third by mass of all the material occurring between Mars and Jupiter. Since early 2015 Ceres has been coming into focus as the Dawn spacecraft explores the surface with its payload of a framing camera (FC), a visible and IR spectrometer (VIR), and a gamma-ray and neutron spectrometer (GRaND). These new data are constraining the geology, mineralogy, geochemistry and gravity-field of Ceres in unprecedented detail, providing insight into Ceres’ earliest history and its subsequent evolution. This session will focus on the results of the Dawn mission, but contributions are also welcome concerning complementary studies, such as modelling of accretion in the early solar system, 1AU remote sensing of Ceres, modelling of internal differentiation or the study of relevant meteorite analogues.