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Post by Abdul Alhazred »

A dwarf planet is a planet. Period.

Asimov no less once called it "the world, Ceres". ;)

So they upgraded Ceres from asteroid status the same time they demoted Pluto.

Dwarf planet Ceres is an ocean world
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The dwarf planet Ceres -- long believed to be a barren space rock -- is an ocean world with reservoirs of sea water beneath its surface, the results of a major exploration mission showed Monday.

Ceres is the largest object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter and has its own gravity, enabling the NASA Dawn spacecraft to capture high-resolution images of its surface.

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If it has water, it could someday become a base for human exploration of the outer solar system. Of course, mankind will fucking destroy itself first.
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Ceres is a location in The Expanse (good show, btw).

In the show, they bring water to Ceres from asteroids, I think. :notsure:

If it has enough of its own water that might not be necessary.
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Sort of like Asimov's The Martian Way where they bring water from Saturn's rings to Mars?
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More detailed explanation than the OP:

Mystery solved: Bright areas on Ceres come from salty water below
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Scientists had figured out that the bright areas were deposits made mostly of sodium carbonate -- a compound of sodium, carbon, and oxygen. They likely came from liquid that percolated up to the surface and evaporated, leaving behind a highly reflective salt crust. But what they hadn't yet determined was where that liquid came from.

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Abdul Alhazred wrote: Wed Aug 12, 2020 12:33 pm Sort of like Asimov's The Martian Way where they bring water from Saturn's rings to Mars?
Sort of like that. I think it's now scientifically out of date based on this new information.

https://expanse.fandom.com/wiki/Ceres

The new information is that there's a large reservoir of brine (salty water) deep below the surface. In The Expanse, Mars strip-mined ice from the surface of Ceres to use it to terraform Mars. (As well as harvesting water from other asteroids.)
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