The surface composition of Ceres from the Dawn mission

  title={The surface composition of Ceres from the Dawn mission},
  author={Thomas B. McCord and Francesca Zambon},
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Surface Roughness and Gravitational Slope Distributions of Vesta and Ceres
Heavily cratered terrains dominate the surfaces of asteroid 4 Vesta and dwarf planet 1 Ceres. The data from the Dawn spacecraft allowed reconstruction of high‐resolution shape models of these bodies.
Studying the fractal properties of Ceres
Currently, the asteroid Ceres belongs to small celestial bodies with the most well-known physical parameters. The study of the structural and real properties of Ceres is an urgent and modern task,


Detection of local H2O exposed at the surface of Ceres
Dawn VIR infrared observations of Oxo crater on Ceres demonstrate the detection of H2O at the surface, and theories predict a water ice-rich mantle, and water vapor emissions have been observed, yet no water (H2O) has been observed.
Extensive water ice within Ceres’ aqueously altered regolith: Evidence from nuclear spectroscopy
Nuclear spectroscopy data acquired by NASA’s Dawn mission determined the concentrations of elemental hydrogen, iron, and potassium on Ceres, and show that surface materials were processed by the action of water within the interior, confirming theoretical predictions that ice can survive for billions of years just beneath the surface.
Dawn’s Gamma Ray and Neutron Detector
The NASA Dawn Mission will determine the surface composition of 4 Vesta and 1 Ceres, providing constraints on their formation and thermal evolution. The payload includes a Gamma Ray and Neutron