Astrogeology Science Center

South Pole of Vesta
South Pole of Vesta
Ejecta of crater on Vesta
Ejecta of crater on Vesta

USGS scientist, Tim Titus, is a participating scientist on the Dawn Mission and he will be examining the surface composition and surface temperature on both Vetsa and Ceres. In addtion, two members of the programming team, Kris Becker and Jeff Anderson, have been involved in the development of camera models for the Dawn Framing Camera (FC) and Visible and Infrared Spectrometer (VIR).   These camera models were incorporated into the Integrated Software for Imagers and Spectrometers (ISIS) and allow for cartographic and photometric processing of image data returned by the two instruments.  The software is used by the Dawn Science Team which is composed of both U.S. and International researchers. As the mission continues, expect to see more research and involvement from the USGS.