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NASA's Dawn spacecraft image of the limb of dwarf planet Ceres shows a section of the northern hemisphere (Reuters photo)
NASA's Dawn spacecraft image of the limb of dwarf planet Ceres shows a section of the northern hemisphere (Reuters photo)

NASA’s Dawn mission has kept on surprising the astronomers with its mystifying discoveries since its landing at Ceres in March 2015 and this time is no different. Dawn spacecraft, NASA’s Ceres Orbiting Spacecraft has recently revealed that the uppermost surface of the planet is packed with ice, which earlier is believed to be reflective salts.

Earlier, the pictures transmitted by the Dawn Spaceship have revealed Ceres to have a shadowy and profoundly surface whose brightest area is configured with highly reflective salts. During the primary examinations, Ceres was likely to be packed with reflective slats. But the recently conducted study has found those so-called salts to be ice.

The babyish planet Ceres is a mysterious rock-strewn structure residing the central asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Earlier, the planet is believed to be enriched with highly reflective slats. But on Thursday, NASA has revealed a study according to which its dark surface is deeply crowded with ice, which now raised the possibility of spilling more lights on the ancient history of the astral system.

The latest discovery is published in a pair of journals including the journals Science and Nature Astronomy. These are the studies that can strengthen small commercial attempts to excavation asteroids for finding water and other resources with the purpose of robotic and ultimate human voyages beyond the moon. The new study is suggesting the uppermost surface of Ceres be filled with rich hydrogen, alongside the superior concentrations at mid-to-high latitudes which are steady with broad spans of water ice.

On this matter, Carol Raymond, the Deputy Principal Investigator of the Dawn mission at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California said, “These studies will bolster the concept that says ice broken up from rocky planet Ceres in its prehistoric days and this has triggered the formation of an ice-rich crystal coating, that remained close to the uppermost surface over the years of the solar system.”

He further added that “Water is the core of life in other planets. If the drawn planet has a rich ice layer, the possibility of life can’t also be denied. Further research will give us a clue about the existence of life in Ceres”.

The detailed reports of the new discoveries are being represented by the scientists at the 2016 American Geophysical Union summit, held in San Francisco.

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