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this is an image of teh asteroid Vesta

 

Target: Vesta

Mission: Dawn

Instrument: Framing Camera

Feature: Antonia Crater

Description:

"This colorized composite image from NASA's Dawn mission shows the crater Antonia, which lies in the enormous Rheasilvia basin in the southern hemisphere of the giant asteroid Vesta. The area lies around 58 degrees south latitude. Antonia has a diameter of 11 miles (17 kilometers).

The image was taken by Dawn's framing camera from September to October 2011.

The light blue material is fine-grain material excavated from the lower crust. The southern edge of the crater was buried by coarser material shortly after the crater formed. The dark blue of the southern crater rim is due to shadowing of the blocky material.

The composite image was created by assigning ratios of color information collected from several color filters in visible light and near-infrared light to maximize subtle differences in lithology (the physical characteristics of rock units, such as color, texture and composition). The color scheme pays special attention to the iron-rich mineral pyroxene.

The Dawn mission to Vesta and Ceres is managed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington. The University of California, Los Angeles, is responsible for overall Dawn mission science. The Dawn framing cameras were developed and built under the leadership of the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Katlenburg-Lindau, Germany, with significant contributions by DLR German Aerospace Center, Institute of Planetary Research, Berlin, and in coordination with the Institute of Computer and Communication Network Engineering, Braunschweig. The framing camera project is funded by the Max Planck Society, DLR and NASA.

More information about Dawn is online at http://www.nasa.gov/dawn and http://dawn.jpl.nasa.gov."

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLAMPS/DLR/IDA. Click here for image page.

 

 

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The PASSC team at UNB is part of the APXS instrument team: Canada's instrument! Click here for information about the APXS and MSL from the Canadian Space Agency. Click here for information about our team's MSL activities in PASSC news.

SPACE TIDBITS

Global Geologic Map of Ganymede released! Click here.
 
The New Horizons spacecraft will make it's closest approach to Pluto in July 2015
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If the Moon Were Only 1 Pixel
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Norwegian skydiver nearly struck by meteorite!
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Scientists Favor Four ExoMars Landing Sites
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Mars 2020 Rover Mission
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NASA's Kepler Telescope Discovers First Earth-Size Planet in 'Habitable Zone'
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Global Geologic Map of Ganymede released! Click here.
 
NASA Preparing for 2014 Comet Watch at Mars. Comet Siding Spring will have it's closest approach to Mars on October 19, 2014.
 
"The Rock that Appeared Out of Nowhere on Mars". Read more.
 
"Biggest Solar Flares of 2014: Sun Storm Photos". Read more.
 
Click here to see a colorized flyover movie over the two largest seas on Saturn's moon Titan, from NASA's Cassini mission.
 
MAVEN will be the first mission to study the Martian upper atmosphere and investigate "where did the water go?", which is still a huge mystery regarding Mars.
 
Would you like to explore Mars? Try "Be a Martian"!
 
Click here to read about NASA-inspired innovations that apply to everyday life! "NASA Spinoffs".
 
Astronaut Chris Hadfield retires from Canadian Space Agency
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Mars 2023: Inhabitants Wanted
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Comparison of driving distances of rover on the Moon and Mars
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NASA Rover Finds Conditions Once Suited For Ancient Life On Mars
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Researchers Identify Water Rich Meteorite Linked To Mars Crust
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Meteorite fragments found and confirmed from Russian fireball
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Flyby of Asteroid 2012 DA14
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NASA Officially Joins ESA's 'Dark Universe' Mission
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Mars Rover Curiosity Uses Arm Camera At Night
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Organics Discovered on Mercury
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NASA Announces Robust Multi-Year Mars Program; New Rover To Close Out Decade Of New Missions
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PASSC News

October 2014

Beverley Elliott presented at the Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of American (GSA) in Vancouver, BC, Canada from October 17-21, 2014. Her talk was entitled "Orbital and 3D Context of the MSL Curiosity Rover’s Alpha Particle X-Ray Spectrometer (APXS) data From Gale crater".

John Spray attend the 65th Annual Aeroballistic Range Association (ARA) Meeting 2014 in Arcachon, France from October 19 - 24.

Earth Impact Database updates this month. Målingen crater in Sweden has been confirmed and has been added to the database! Four craters have updated ages: Lockne, Neugrund, Clearwater East and Lappajärvi.

September 2014

Lucy Thompson and Beverley Elliott attended the Mars Science Laboratory All Hands Meeting and the APXS team meeting from September 15-18, 2014 in Pasadena, California.

August 2014

Lucy Thompson, graduate student Jessie Brown and two undergraduate field assistants went to the Manicouagan impact structure in Quebec for 5 weeks. It was another successful field season! Click here to find out more about the Manicouagan Impact Research Program (MIRP).

May 2014

Mission webpages updated.

April 2014

Catrina Russell hosted a group of Cub Scouts on April 16. She gave them a tour of the Quartermain Centre, gave them a mineral lesson and helped them with a meteorite craft.

Lucy Thompson and Beverley Elliott attended the Mars Science Laboratory All Hands Meeting and the APXS team meeting from April 15-17, 2014 in Pasadena, California.

March 2014

John Spray gave a presentation about the MSL Curiosity Rover to the William Brydone Jack Astronomy Club on March 11.

Lucy Thompson attended the 45th Annual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC) in the Woodlands, Texas from March 17-21, 2014.

December 2013

PASSC hosted a group of Homeschooled kids from the Fredericton area on December 13. Beverley Elliott gave a Mars presentation to the kids in gr.4 to gr.12 and Lucy Thompson gave a Mars/space presentation to the kids gr.3 and under. Catrina Russell gave everyone a tour of the Quartermain Centre in the Department of Earth Sciences at UNB. It was a great success!

November 2013

Beverley Elliott attended the Annual NASA RPIF (Regional Planetary Imaging Facility) Data Manager's Meeting and ArcGIS training in Ithaca, New York (November 4-8, 2013).

October 2013

John Spray gave a presentation to the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (New Brunswick branch) entitled "Orbital Debris and Micrometeoroid Impact Threats for Space Infrastructure in Earth Orbit".

Beverley Elliott gave a presentation to the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (New Brunswick branch) entitled "Mars Science Laboratory-Mission Science".

Lucy Thompson gave a general public presentation in St. Andrews, NB entitled "Driving Curiosity.....the Mars Rover".

Lucy Thompson and Beverley Elliott attended the Mars Science Laboratory All Hands Meeting and the APXS team meeting from October 1-6, 2013, in Pasadena, California.

August 2013

Lucy Thompson and two undergraduate field assistants went to the Manicouagan impact structure in Quebec for 3 weeks. It was another successful field season! Click here to find out more about the Manicouagan Impact Research Program (MIRP).

Beverley Elliott and Lucy Thompson attended the 76th Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society (MetSoc) in Edmonton, AB, Canada from July 29-August 2, 2013.

July 2013

The age for the Araguainha impact structure has been updated.

June 2013

New maps added to the RPIF page.

The ages for the Brent and Rochechouart impact structures have been updated.

Lucy Thompson gave a talk to the Grade 6 & 7 students at Gagetown School about Mars and the Curiosity Rover.

May 2013

Dr. Peter Schultz (Brown University) visited PASSC this month. He was on the PhD examination committee for PASSC's James Hogan. He also gave a talk in the Department of Earth Sciences entitled “Making the Man in the Moon: Origin of the Lunar Dichotomy by a Major Lunar Impact”.

April 2013

Beverley Elliott was job shadowed by two delightful young women from grade 10 at École Sainte-Anne on April 17, 2012. Dr. Lucy Thompson gave a guided tour of impact processes, PASSC analytical microscopes and Martian meteorites. Dr. Adrian Park gave a tour of the Quartermain Centre and taught them about local fossils and rocks, as well as earthquakes. Click here to learn about Earthquake Monitoring in the Department of Earth Sciences at UNB.

March 2013

Beverley Elliott and Lucy Thompson attended the 44th Annual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC) in the Woodlands, Texas from March 18-22, 2013.

A new terrestrial impact crater has been confirmed! Colônia has been added to the Earth Impact Database website. This brings the total number of confirmed terrestrial impact structures to 184!

February 2013

A new terrestrial impact crater has been confirmed! Tunnunik (formerly Prince Albert) has been added to the Earth Impact Database website. This brings the total number of confirmed terrestrial impact structures to 183!

Lucy Thompson and Beverley Elliott attended the Mars Science Laboratory All Hands Meeting and the APXS team meeting from February 10-13, 2013, in Pasadena, California.

November 2012

Lucy Thompson attended the Annual NASA RPIF (Regional Planetary Imaging Facility) Data Manager's Meeting in Tempe, Arizona (November 26-28, 2012).

Six PASSC team members presented at the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting in North Carolina, November 4-7, 2012 at the session entitled: Shock Processes and Shock Attenuation Associated with Hypervelocity Impact Events.

October 2012

John Spray was invited to join a panel at the SMCC Annual General Meeting on October 2, 2012 in Toronto. They discussed the challenges, innovations, technologies and discoveries regarding space exploration. PASSC is involved in the MSL Curiosity Rover mission.

A new terrestrial impact crater has been confirmed! Prince Albert will be added to the Earth Impact Database website shortly. This brings the total number of confirmed terrestrial impact structures to 183!

John Spray, Lucy Thompson and Beverley Elliott were staffed during Mission Operations, at JPL in Pasadena, California, in various tactical roles, as well as participating in the MSL team Science Discussions.

September 2012

John Spray, Lucy Thompson and Beverley Elliott were staffed during Mission Operations, at JPL in Pasadena, California, in various tactical roles, as well as participating in the MSL team Science Discussions.

Beverley Elliott saw the Shuttle Endeavor as it flew over JPL on September 21, 2012! Click here for more information.

August 2012

The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) featured John Spray in an article entitled "Mission to Mars:
Canadian researchers are helping determine whether life once existed on the red planet
".

John Spray, Lucy Thompson and Beverley Elliott attended the MSL Curiosity Rover Landing event at JPL in Pasadena, CA on August 5, 2012. It was amazing! Click here to re-watch the landing on YouTube. Click here to see one of the first images from the Curiosity rover; it's shadow. Click here for the Canadian Space Agency's MSL webpage. Click here for MSL "What's New".

Suporn presented a poster at the 75th Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society in Australia (August 12-17, 2012). It was entitled "Stishovite in shock veins within the Manicouagan impact structure".

Suporn Boonsue gave a talk as a Keynote Speaker, on behalf of John Spray, at the 34th International Geological Congress in Australia (August 5-10, 2012). It was entitled "Large terrestrial impact structures and the Manicouagan Impact Research Program".

Suporn Boonsue presented at the 34th International Geological Congress in Australia (August 5-10, 2012). It was entitled "Melt pocket characteristics and formation in martian meteorite DaG 476".

July 2012

On July 5, John Spray and Beverley Elliott gave presentations to the Shad Valley groups. "The Shad Valley program helps top students in senior high school find an edge in the competitive, knowledge-based world of tomorrow. It combines entrepreneurship with science and technology, and offers academic and often work experience to its students". Click here for more information about Shad Valley.

Lucy Thompson and one undergraduate field assistant departed for the Manicouagan impact structure on June 24. They returned on July 15 after another successful field season! Click here for more information about the Manicouagan Impact Research Program.

June 2012

John Spray attended Science Operations Training for the Mars Science Laboratory Mission at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) from June 19-20, 2012 in Pasadena, California.

Sarinya Paisarnsombat, PASSC PhD student, is one of the recipients of the Barringer Family Fund for Meteorite Impact Research, which provides a small number (3 to 5) of competitive grants each year for support of field research at known or suspected impact sites worldwide. Her project is entitled "Oxygen isotope study of impact-induced hydrothermal minerals at the Manicouagan Impact Structure".

April 2012

Lucy Thompson and Beverley Elliott attended Science Operations Training for the Mars Science Laboratory Mission at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) from April 17-22, 2012 in Pasadena, California.

March 2012

Catrina Renaud, PASSC MSc student, received a scholarship from the Canadian Foundation for the International Space University to attend the International Space University's Space Studies Program in Florida from June 4 to August 3, 2012. "The SSP interdisciplinary curriculum emphasizes international cooperation and provides students with varied perspectives on the world's space activities' perspectives normally reserved for those with years of diverse professional experience".

Lucy Thompson and one of our team's undergraduate students (on a UNB work-study) will be presenting talks/posters at the Lunar and Planetary Space Conference in Texas (March 19-23).

Dr John Spray, the Director of PASSC, is one of the 2012 recipients of the New Brunswick Innovation Foundation (NBIF) R3 Innovation Award for Excellence in Applied Research. The Awards Gala was held at the Fredericton Convention Centre on March 21. Visit the NBIF website to view the documentary video for John Spray.

February 2012

Lucy Thompson and Beverley Elliott attended the first Science Operations Training for the Mars Science Laboratory Mission at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) from February 28-March 7, 2012 in Pasadena, California.

November 2011

The PASSC team members attended the launch of the MSL Curiosity Rover mission to Mars! We will be working on this mission as part of the Canadian APXS instrument team (CSA). We also attended the MSL Science team meetings and the APXS instrument team meetings.

Lucy Thompson visited the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, to do analysis on the APXS calibration standard (aboard the MSL Curiosity rover), in collaboration with Penny King.

Four new impact structures have been confirmed for addition into the Earth Impact Database: Ritland (Norway), Carancas (Peru), Matt Wilson (Australia) and Luizi (Democratic Republic of Congo). This brings the total number of confirmed terrestrial impact structures to 182!

October 2011

Beverley Elliott attended the Annual NASA RPIF (Regional Planetary Imaging Facility) Data Manager's Meeting in Flagstaff, Arizona (October 27-28, 2011).

The Earth Impact Database was awarded the Geoscience Information Society Best Website Award for 2011. The award criteria include website content, technical considerations (ease of navigation), design, organization and overall site effectiveness. Harrison H. (Jack) Schmitt, an Apollo 17 astronaut, graciously accepted the award at the GSA Annual Meeting this month on behalf of PASSC.

The PASSC team attended the official opening of the Quartermain Earth Science Centre, a state of the art museum, in our Department of Earth Sciences. Faculty, staff, graduate students, the Quartermain family and the UNB president were in attendance. The Click here for the telegraph journal article. Click here for a virtual tour!

September 2011

PASSC organized a visit from Canadian Astronaut, Chris Hadfield, on September 29. He gave a presentation to first year engineering students, as well as Bliss Carmen Middle School students. John Spray gave a tour of PASSC and the High-speed Impact Research and Technology Facility. The undergraduate students, graduate students and staff at PASSC were thrilled to hear about his experiences and have the opportunity to ask questions!

August 2011

John Spray, Lucy Thompson and Kirkpong Kiatpanichagij presented at the 74th Annual Meeting of the Meteoritical Society in London, UK, August 8-12.

John Spray presented at the Goldschmidt Conference in Prague, Czech Republic, August 14-19.

Beverley Elliott gave an outreach presentation on Mars Exploration for the Worlds UNBound Aerospace Camp for children grades 3/4 and grades 5/6 on August 12.

John Spray was interviewed by the Telegraph Journal regarding NASA's announcement of evidence indicating that water is currently flowing on Mars. Click here for the article.

The Manicouagan team is back after a successful field season! Click here for more information about the Manicouagan Impact Research Program.

July 25, 2011

The High-speed Impact Research and Technology Facility broke a PASSC record today! The two-stage light gas gun achieved a projectile speed of 8.75 km/s, which exceeds instrument specifications of 8 km/s. This shot is part of ongoing high-speed testing to characterize the capabilities of the equipment in preparation for orbital debris impact damage mitigation applications.

July 2011

Lucy Thompson, Sariyna Paisarnsombat and two undergraduate field assistants departed for the Manicouagan impact structure on July 6. The team will be finishing up their field work early August. Click here for more information about the Manicouagan Impact Research Program.

June 2011

John Spray and Beverley Elliott attended the APXS Workshop in Albuquerque, New Mexico at the University of New Mexico (June 27-28, 2011).

John Spray presented a talk at the 10th International Space Conference on "Protection of Materials and Structures from the Space Environment" in Okinawa, Japan (June 12-17, 2011) entitled "A New High-Speed Impact Research and Technology Facility for Canada: Surface, Atmospheric and Space Applications".

Beverley Elliott, John Spray and Lucy Thompson participated in a Mars Science Laboratory mission simulation (June 1-July 1, 2011) to train for mission operations. The MSL launch window is November 25 – December 18, 2011 and the landing window is August 6 – 20, 2012.

May 2011

Tiziana Trabucchi has been chosen to be one of just 10 scientists from around the world to participate in a summer internship to help NASA evaluate future landing sites on the moon as part of the Constellation Lunar Exploration Program. Click to see the articles, article one, article two, article three, article four, article five, and article six.

April 2011

Beverley Elliott and Dr. Lucy Thompson visited Minto High School. Beverley Elliott presented a talk entitled "Earth and the Solar System" to a grade 12 class.

February 2011

Dr. John Spray and Beverley Elliott visited Dr. Ralf Gellert and the APXS lab at the University of Guelph. The APXS (the Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer) is one of the instruments on the Curiosity Rover for the upcoming mission, Mars Science Laboratory.

Dr. Lucy Thompson gave a talk about Mars, impacts and space to 20 kids from the Preschool Centre.

January 2011

The PASSC team attended the William Brydone Jack celebration of an asteroid being named Asteroid 79117 Brydonejack in his honour, Click here for more information on the celebration and Click here for the Daily Gleaner article.

PASSC and Mechanical Engineering hosted visiting speaker Dr. Stephan Hundertmark from the French-German Research Institute of Saint-Louis (ISL), France, Click here for more information.

December 2010

Beverley Elliott attended the Annual NASA RPIF (Regional Planetary Imaging Facility) Data Manager's Meeting in Houston, Texas.

November 2010

Dr. John Spray was a keynote presenter during the Physico-Chemical Processes in Seismic Faults Workshop in Padova, Italy.

Dr. Suporn Boonsue attended a workshop for Electron Backscatter Diffraction with Oxford Instruments in Concord, MA.

October 2010

Dr. John Spray gave a talk entitled "Moon Splash" for the New Brunswick branch of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), Click here for more information.

Dr. Lucy Thompson presented at the Workshop for the Lunar Applications of Mining and Mineral Beneficiation in Butte, Montana.

Dr. Lucy Thompson, Dr. John Spray and Dr. Kirkpong Kiatpanichagij attended a CLUPI Science Team meeting in Neuchatel, Switzerland.

August 2010

The Planetary and Space Science Centre is featured on the University of New Brunswick website, Click here to read the article.

July 2010

The Planetary and Space Science Centre is featured in the Telegraph Journal.

 

 

 

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