SETI Talk - How to Catch a Moon of Pluto (and what to do with it when it's caught)

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SETI Talk - How to Catch a Moon of Pluto (and what to do with it when it's caught)

Time: February 19, 2013 from 7pm to 8pm
Location: The SETI Institute and Google Hangouts
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Event Type: public talk
Organized By: The SETI Institute
Latest Activity: Feb 14, 2013

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SETI Institute Public Lecture Series 

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 - 7:00 PM PST

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Title:       How to Catch a Moon of Pluto (and what to do with it when
it's caught)


Speaker:   Mark Showalter, SETI Institute

Abstract: 

Our recent discoveries of two small moons orbiting Pluto raise interesting new questions about how the dwarf planet formed. We now know that a total of four outer moons circle around a central "double-planet" comprising Pluto and its large, nearby moon Charon. NASA's New Horizons spacecraft will arrive at Pluto in July 2015, and the new discoveries come just in time for the science planners to target closeup views of the tiny bodies during the flyby. However, the discoveries also come as a mixed blessing--small moons often raise clouds of dust, prompting concerns about a possible hazard to the spacecraft when it flies through the system at more then 10 km per second.

Poster: http://www.seti.org/sites/default/files/csc-Feb-13.pdf

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