The NASA Dawn Mission In The News

Posted on March 25, 2016

The Dawn Mission has made news headlines with more information on the bright spots found at Occator Crater on the asteroid Ceres. Dr. Christopher T. Russell of UCLA is the PI for the Dawn Mission. Read more about it here:

Former UCLA Graduate Student, Matthew Siegler and EPSS Professor Dr. David Paige are co-authors in a Nature Publication regarding lunar polar wander and the effect on ice deposits. Congratulations to their research group and the publication! You can read about it here

Meteorite expert Dr. Alan Rubin was recently in the news having helped a team of meteorite hunters successfully ID meteorite fragments recovered in Florida:®ion=bottom-well&WT.nav=bottom-well&_r=0

EPSS's own Chris Russell and the NASA Dawn Mission Team have received the Collier Trophy that is awarded “for the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America, with respect to improving the performance, efficiency, and safety of air or space vehicles, the value of which has been thoroughly demonstrated by actual use during the preceding year.” You can read about it here

UCLA geochemist finds striking similarities between climate change patterns today and millions of years ago. Read more about it here from the UCLA Newsroom:

Professor Ed Young has been named a Fellow of the Geochemical Society and of the European Association of Geochemistry. The award is "bestowed upon outstanding scientists who have, over some years, made a major contribution to the field of geochemistry". Ed will be honored at the Goldschmidt meeting in Yokohama this summer. Congratulations, Ed! Professor Young also had a recent publication in the journal Science on the formation of the Moon which you may read here:

Congratulations to Ed Young, Issaku Kohl, Paul Warren, and their collaborators on their paper “Oxygen isotopic evidence for vigorous mixing during the Moon-forming giant impact” which appears in tomorrow’s edition of Science. Using their new Panorama high-resolution mass spectrometer, the team has performed ultra-high precision oxygen isotope analyses of lunar samples. The compositions match those of Earth’s mantle rocks to within a few parts-per-million (in the Δ17O parameter), demonstrating that the Earth and Moon formed from the exact same reservoir of well-mixed material. Their data also constrain the composition of the so-called “late veneer” materials added to the Earth after the Moon-forming impact.

A shout-out also goes to the UCLA Panorama instrument, a photo of which appears in an editor’s news item accompanying the article. You can read about it here or you can see it for yourself, literally, by looking through the picture window at the west-end of the first floor of Geology!