Science Seminars

POSTPONED- John Spencer; The Weird and Wonderful Geology of Pluto and its Moons

Speaker: John Spencer (SwRI)
Date: Thursday, Jan 01, 1970
Time: 4:00 PM
Location: LSTB 299

Seminar Abstract:

In July 2015, the New Horizons mission gave us our first detailed view of the Pluto system after a 9.5 year journey from Earth.  New Horizons revealed that Pluto’s geology is complex and remarkably diverse.  Ancient cratered and fractured terrain is interrupted by much younger features that are likely active to the present day, including rugged water ice mountains, a vast plain of convecting volatile ice, complex erosional patterns, and many other features that so far defy explanation.  Pluto’s big moon Charon also has a geologically varied surface showing evidence for ancient global fracturing and resurfacing, and its four small moons have surprises of their own.