Science Seminars

2/11/2016- Cathy Olkin; Pluto’s Atmosphere and Surface Composition

Speaker: Cathy Olkin (SwRI)
Date: Tuesday, Feb 11, 2020
Time: 4:00 PM
Location: SPSC W120

Seminar Abstract:

After traveling for more than 9 years, NASA’s New Horizons mission accomplished its prime objective – the initial reconnaissance of the Pluto system. On July 14, New Horizons passed about 12,500 km from Pluto’s surface, flying between Pluto and the orbit of Pluto’s large moon Charon.  The seven instruments on board the spacecraft include a high-resolution imager, a color imager and short-wave IR imaging spectrometer, a UV spectrometer, two in-situ plasma instruments, a dust detector and a radio science experiment. Highlights of scientific results from the flyby of Pluto will be presented concentrated on the new results about Pluto’s atmosphere and surface composition.