[Cosmic-Explorations] Reminder: Ceres and Pluto Presentation at the Lunar and Planetary Institute - February 26, 2015

Shaner, Andrew Shaner at lpi.usra.edu
Wed Feb 25 10:54:54 CST 2015

The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) invites all inquisitive adults to attend "NASA's Year of the Dwarves: Exploration of Ceres and Pluto." This free public presentation on February 26, 2015 will preview two historic encounters by two NASA missions visiting the dwarf planets Ceres and Pluto over the next several months.

This year marks the first exploration ever of two dwarf planets, Ceres and Pluto. Dr. Schenk will provide a preview of two unprecedented missions, Dawn and New Horizons, as they explore the inner and outer solar system, and will share the top questions scientists hope to answer with the data they gather this spring and summer.

Dr. Paul M. Schenk is a staff scientist at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, TX. He specializes in impact craters and other features on icy satellites from Jupiter to Neptune, and in 3-D imaging, which he uses to measure topography and create really amazing views. Dr. Schenk is currently assisting the New Horizons team plan Pluto encounter observations for July 2015 and was a participant in the Dawn mission to Vesta in 2011.

Dr. Schenk's presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. and will be followed by a light reception. No reservation is necessary. LPI is located in the USRA building at 3600 Bay Area Boulevard<http://www.lpi.usra.edu/lpi/areamap.pdf> in the Clear Lake region of Houston; the entrance is located on Middlebrook Drive. The Lunar and Planetary Institute is part of the Universities Space Research Association (USRA). For more information, please contact Andrew Shaner at 281-486-2163 or shaner at lpi.usra.edu<mailto:shaner at lpi.usra.edu>.
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