mrt 262013
 
The Moon and Vesta Share the Same Cosmic History

  The asteroid Vesta, and perhaps other large asteroids, have more in common with Earth’s Moon than previously thought, according to a team of researchers from the NASA Lunar Science Institute (NLSI). Both Vesta and the Moon appear to have been bombarded by the same population of high-speed projectiles four billion years ago. Scientists have [continue reading]

jan 052013
 
Carbon, a Building Block for Organic Molecules, in Vesta's Craters

  Large impacts of asteroids may have transferred carbonaceous material to the protoplanet and inner Solar System   The protoplanet Vesta has been witness to an eventful past: images taken by the framing camera onboard NASA’s space probe Dawn show two enormous craters in the southern hemisphere. The images were obtained during Dawn’s year-long visit [continue reading]

jul 212012
 
Titan's River Networks Point to a Puzzling Geologic Past

  For many years, Titan’s thick, methane- and nitrogen-rich atmosphere kept astronomers from seeing what lies beneath. Saturn’s largest moon appeared through telescopes as a hazy orange orb, in contrast to other heavily cratered moons in the solar system. Findings suggest the surface of Saturn’s largest moon may have undergone a recent transformation. Images from the [continue reading]

jun 122012
 
Over 635,000 Craters tell that Mars has been really beat up

  It’s no secret that Mars is a beaten and battered planet — astronomers have been peering for centuries at the violent impact craters created by cosmic buckshot pounding its surface over billions of years. But just how beat up is it? Really beat up, according to researchers who recently finished counting, outlining and cataloging [continue reading]

mei 302012
 
Rosetta flyby uncovers complex history of asteroid Lutetia

  The long and tumultuous history of asteroid (21) Lutetia is revealed by a comprehensive analysis of the data gathered by ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft when it flew past this large main-belt asteroid on 10 July 2010. New studies have revealed the asteroid’s surface morphology, composition and other properties in unprecedented detail. In particular, extensive studies [continue reading]