Planetary Science

  • Extensive water ice within Ceres’ aqueously altered regolith: Evidence from nuclear spectroscopy

    Water ice is present beneath the surface of the dwarf planet Ceres, particularly near the poles.

  • Rosetta’s comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko sheds its dusty mantle to reveal its icy nature

    Rosetta spotted patches of ice on the surface of a comet, which quickly sublimate in sunlight.

  • Seasonal exposure of carbon dioxide ice on the nucleus of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

    Solid carbon dioxide on the surface of a comet nucleus has been found by the Rosetta spacecraft.

  • Gravity field of the Orientale basin from the Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory Mission

    Detailed maps of the Moon’s gravitational field reveal structure in the Orientale impact crater.

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