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|Tango01||02 Sep 2017 4:30 p.m. PST|
"As NASA's Dawn spacecraft arrived at Ceres back in March 2015, a new crater came to the attention of mission controllers back in Houston.
Just under 10 km in diameter and embedded in an ancient, heavily cratered terrain darkened by thermal alteration and billions of years of falling micrometeorites, Oxo was in most way ways nothing spectacular. And yet its brightness made it one of the most striking features on the planet's surface.
"The human eye would immediately see this difference," says Andreas Nathues from the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, imagining himself crossing the Cerean terrain and coming across Oxo. "It would be like snow against a background which is about as bright as coal."…"
|nvdoyle||04 Sep 2017 4:19 a.m. PST|
"The human eye would immediately see this difference…"
Sure, if we had human eyes out there.
It's a giant fueling (okay, remass, ideally) station, just waiting for us. Same with the Lunar poles.
And we keep fiddling around with chemical boosters…