Thursday, January 26, 2012

Finally, Chemistry from Vesta

No data released yet but we know they're working on it. This is geochemistry they're looking at with a gamma and neutron instrument. Interesting, now that we know the temperature and sunlight is right at the poles for at least solid water to exist. Why interesting? If there are intelligent aliens, there are von Neumann probes. If there are von Neumann probes, they're probably already here in the solar system. If they're here, they're most likely to be on lower gravity bodies, like asteroids.

Temperature map of Vesta's surface. NASA / GSFC / UMBC

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