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|
|Location||St David St Lecture Theatre|
|Contact Name||Beverley Reynolds|
|Contact Phone||64 3 479 9101|