Fig. 1: Comparative ocean world planetology. | Nature Astronomy

Fig. 1: Comparative ocean world planetology.

From: Future exploration of Ceres as an ocean world

Fig. 1

NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA (top left); NASA/JPL-Caltech (top right); NASA/JPL (bottom)

Ceres shares commonalities with other ocean worlds: a low-density, high-porosity mantle, as also suggested for Enceladus, and a thick shell, and hence a residual ocean, as also suggested for Callisto. Synergistic studies of these various bodies can help unravel evolutionary processes, such as material transfer in a porous rocky mantle and a thick but fractured crust.

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