UCLA-led NASA mission provides closest ever look at dwarf planet Ceres

A NASA mission led by UCLA professor Christopher Russell has released new images of the dwarf planet Ceres, the largest asteroid between Mars and Jupiter.

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7/14/2015 - Christopher Russell's discovery of zebra stripes in space resolves a half-century mystery

In the 1960s, NASA launched six satellites to study the Earth’s atmosphere, magnetosphere and the space between Earth and ...

7/02/2015 - Jeremy Boyce featured in Geology Today

A new high profile paper came out in the journal Geology today with Jeremy Boyce as co-author. It addresses how ...

7/02/2015 - More news about Ceres in the LA Times

“I expected to be surprised because we knew so little about Ceres,” Christopher Russell, Dawn’s principal investigator and a ...