Sep 4, 2020

Episode 14 — Does the Dwarf Planet Ceres Harbor Life?

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Please have a listen to Episode 14 of Cosmic Controversy with guest Julie Castillo, NASA’s Dawn mission project scientist. We spend much of the episode discussing the beguiling dwarf planet Ceres and the need for a sample return mission.

This week’s guest is NASA Dawn project scientist Julie Castillo-Rogez who led the hugely successful robotic mission on the first in-depth look at the asteroid Vesta and the dwarf planet Ceres. Castillo talks about why there’s a growing consensus that Ceres may have long had habitable subsurface conditions and why we need a sample return mission to launch in 2033. We also discuss Mars’ moons of Deimos and Phobos and the first interstellar asteroid, Oumuamua.

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