Jonathan Lunine

Lunar & Planetary Laboratory
University of Arizona

CIPS SEMINAR
WEDNESDAY, 12 SEPTEMBER 2001
4PM
544 CAMPBELL HALL

"New constraints on the formation of the giant planets… from Galileo at Jupiter to Cassini at Saturn and Titan"

The Galileo probe measurements of noble gases and major elements in the atmosphere of Jupiter provide a key constraint on the origin of the solar system's largest planet…provided we can determine the oxygen abundance! I will explain how. Likewise, at Saturn the Huygens probe will make key elemental measurements of Titan's atmosphere, which together with the known isotopic abundances will tell us how large satellites form around giant planets…with the help of modeling efforts that I will detail.