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LAMO, aka Low Altitude Mapping Orbit
pablogm1024
post Jan 6 2012, 02:49 PM
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QUOTE (stevesliva @ Jan 5 2012, 11:01 PM) *
I know there are some kicking around. Just hoping for the image of the day to start up again.

They are expected to restart on Monday, January 9th.

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post Jan 9 2012, 02:54 PM
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QUOTE (pablogm1024 @ Jan 6 2012, 03:49 PM) *
They are expected to restart on Monday, January 9th.

Indeed, IOTD has restarted here, even if the gallery page does not seem to be updating properly.
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post Jan 16 2012, 08:08 PM
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http://dawn.jpl.nasa.gov/multimedia/imageo...p?date=20120116

Interestingly shaped pit or crater lower left.
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post Jan 24 2012, 09:39 PM
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Today's image is a nice 3-D anaglyph of impact craters from a binary asteroid impact:

http://dawn.jpl.nasa.gov/multimedia/imageo...p?date=20120124
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post Jan 26 2012, 06:28 PM
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Three releases on the multimedia page that would seem to indicate there will be a release / NASA news item about long-lived ice on Vesta.

http://dawn.jpl.nasa.gov/multimedia/vesta_global_map.asp
http://dawn.jpl.nasa.gov/multimedia/vesta_temperatures.asp
http://dawn.jpl.nasa.gov/multimedia/vesta_south_pole.asp

Ah, yes, this release:
http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.cfm?release=2012-024

Also, today's image:
http://dawn.jpl.nasa.gov/multimedia/imageo...p?date=20120126

... Finally, boulders, as requested. biggrin.gif
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post Feb 5 2012, 03:49 AM
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Some pretty clear flows on Vesta in the latest image:

http://dawn.jpl.nasa.gov/multimedia/images...TD-148-full.jpg

Probably the clearest I've seen so far.

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post Feb 14 2012, 10:14 PM
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QUOTE (stevesliva @ Jan 26 2012, 12:28 PM) *
Three releases on the multimedia page that would seem to indicate there will be a release / NASA news item about long-lived ice on Vesta.

http://dawn.jpl.nasa.gov/multimedia/vesta_global_map.asp
http://dawn.jpl.nasa.gov/multimedia/vesta_temperatures.asp
http://dawn.jpl.nasa.gov/multimedia/vesta_south_pole.asp

Ah, yes, this release:
http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.cfm?release=2012-024

Also, today's image:
http://dawn.jpl.nasa.gov/multimedia/imageo...p?date=20120126

... Finally, boulders, as requested. biggrin.gif


Comparing Vesta's axial tilt of 27 to Ceres with 3, would Ceres be much more likely to retain ice at the poles. Could vapor sublimating from the equatorial regions on Ceres be deposited as layers of frost at the poles, perhaps forming ice caps, or is the surface gravity far too low for this to occur?

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post Feb 14 2012, 11:07 PM
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Good question. I hope you get an answer from someone better informed than I am but I'll have a go. I think there's plenty of ice there. There certainly is on Mars although it's a warmer place. Surfaces exposed to the vacuum of space get dessicated but you don't have to dig far below the surface to find the stuff as Phoenix proved on Mars. Will we see it on the surface of Ceres? I don't know. It may have sublimed off all lit surfaces. You might need an impactor (or a hand torch for a walk in the dark).

Why do I always get attracted to OT discussions rolleyes.gif ?

Ceres: somebody start a topic - we're almost on the way.
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post Feb 16 2012, 02:12 AM
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I see that we've got four more months at Vesta, but we're three years away from Ceres.

http://dawn.jpl.nasa.gov/mission/timeline.asp

I suppose I knew that the main mission plan ends abruptly at Ceres, but I was surprised to see that it calls for only five months of observations. That barely seems like enough time to get into LAMO. I hope the Vesta results are compelling enough to get an extended mission approved because it seems like they'll need it before they actually have much in the way of solid results from Ceres.

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Phil Stooke
post Feb 16 2012, 02:58 AM
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The short time at Ceres in the primary mission is the main reason that any extended mission will stay at Ceres rather than going on somewhere else. They will need lots of extra time for global high resolution mapping.

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post Feb 26 2012, 06:00 PM
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Here's the released map with feature names put on top warped according to the map projection. Of course the credit info in the lower left wouldn't fit this warping scheme...

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post Feb 29 2012, 12:08 AM
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Two interesting image releases on Aricia Tholus last week:
http://dawn.jpl.nasa.gov/multimedia/imageo...p?date=20120222
http://dawn.jpl.nasa.gov/multimedia/imageo...p?date=20120221
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post Feb 29 2012, 03:42 AM
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My impression, especially from those new images, is that calling it a "tholus" was premature- it looks like just a random hill that happens to have a dark-rayed impact crater superposed on it. Of course there still must be *something* special about it to produce those dark rays...

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post Feb 29 2012, 11:20 PM
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But doesn't "tholus" just mean hill, with regard to how it formed? The topo image sure makes it look like a hill.
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post Mar 1 2012, 12:37 AM
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That might be technically true, but "tholus" on other bodies has typically been used to denote what appears to be a volcanic construct (e.g. Inachus Tholus on Io, Hecates Tholus on Mars). Are there any counter-examples, of other non-volcanic "tholi"?

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