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About These Blogs: The JPL Science & Technology Blogs are a way for our researchers and technical staff to give first-hand accounts of the activities that are going on at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. A cross-section of our staff contribute posts about the tasks they are currently involved in for NASA and JPL. These blog posts are meant to discuss technical topics. Selected comments that are on-topic are published and are moderated.

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Topic: Planetary Sciences: Solar System Ices and Icy Bodies
06.17.2009 4:45 PM
Julie Castillo

By Julie Castillo
Planetary Ices

Life in the Lab

First things first, the Cassini Project has posted a very nice feature about our activities in the lab. Observations by the Cassini-Huygens Mission were the inspiration behind the development of JPL Ice Physics Lab. That wonderful mission has brought so many questions about the evolution of satellites, the role of tidal heating in icy satellites, the chemistry of the Saturnian subnebula, the nature and ...Read More on 'Planetary Ices'

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06.09.2009 10:03 AM
Julie Castillo

By Julie Castillo
Planetary Ices

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to my blog. I am a planetary scientist focusing mostly on the geophysical evolution of small icy objects, asteroids and outer planet satellites. A couple of years ago I participated in the development of a new laboratory at JPL to measure the physical properties of ices and especially to simulate tidal stress in planetary material analogs. After spending all these years comfortably sitting in front of a computer, it was a shock, at first, to be working in a cold room at -20 ...Read More on 'Planetary Ices'

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Author Bios

Erik Bailey
Guidance and Control Systems Engineering
Julie Castillo
Planetary Ices
Parker Fagrelius
Astronomy and Physics Missions Concepts
Chuck Manning
Microdevices Laboratory
Jeff Norris
Supervisor, Planning Software Systems Group
Tom Roberts
Optical Communications
Ruwan Somawardhana
Spacecraft Thermal Engineering

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