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Big Answers from Small Bodies

Topic: Big Answers from Small Bodies: What the main asteroid belt is telling us about the early solar system
Date: Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Time: 1:00 pm, Eastern Standard Time (New York, GMT-05:00)

Dr. Raymond is the Deputy Principal Investigator for the Dawn mission. Dawn's goal is to characterize the conditions and processes of the solar system's earliest epoch by investigating in detail two of the largest protoplanets remaining intact since their formations, Vesta and Ceres. Carol's other research interests include Solar System Evolution, Sun-Earth magnetic interactions, and quantifying post-glacial rebound in Antarctica.
 
Dr. Raymond will discuss the recent progress in modeling of early solar system dynamics during the planet-forming era (including the "Nice" model and related work), the chemical and physical characteristics of the main asteroid belt (including a brief description of all the asteroids for context). She will place this in the context of what we knew pre-Dawn and what we have learned from Dawn's Vesta data. Dr. Raymond will then look forward to Ceres and what may be learned from that encounter.

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