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Public Lecture: New Horizons mission to Pluto

Dr. Fran Bagenal Professor of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics
University of Colorado, Boulder

Even in our wildest dreams none of us on the New Horizons team really expected Pluto to produce such riches: water ice mountains as big as the Rocky Mountains, glaciers of nitrogen ice, black hydrocarbons covering aging craters, fresh methane frost dusting tops of mountains, pitted landscapes shaped by sublimation, an ice volcano as big as Mauna Kea, and, most bizarre of all, a landscape that resembles the skin of a snake.

This talk describes how New Horizons came to be, how the spacecraft got to Pluto, and how the findings are challenging our understanding of ice worlds in the outer solar system.

Date Tuesday, 21 March 2017
Time 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Audience Public
Event Category Sciences
Event Type Public Lecture
CampusDunedin
DepartmentPhysics
LocationSt David St Lecture Theatre
CostFree
Contact NameBeverley Reynolds
Contact Phone64 3 479 9101
Contact Emailbeverley.reynolds@otago.ac.nz

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