Have you ever seen a meteorite streaking across the sky? If so, you may very well have seen part of the asteroid, Vesta! Narrated by Leonard Nimoy, this fascinating video gives you a glimpse into NASA Dawn mission's journey to Vesta & Ceres and its hope to unveil clues as to what was going on at the very beginning of our solar system's formation!
Destination Ceres: Icy World Revealed? Britney Schmidt (Georgia Institute of Technology) and Julie Castillo-Rogez (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) discussed Ceres, a class of solar system objects that haven't yet been explored in depth, and how those explorations have the potential to change our concept of early solar system formation. We are predicting that Ceres is a dirt-covered icy world which will tell us about processes that operate in the early solar system, where, for a long time, most scientists thought ice didn't exist.