Dr. Reddy Working on Orbital Mapping Mission of Asteroid Vesta
Dr Vishnu Reddy has been working with NASA's Dawn mission as part of the Framing Camera team at the Max-Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Germany. Dr Reddy has spent the last 6 months in Germany to help develop data reduction and analysis pipelines for the Framing Camera images of asteroid Vesta. NASA's Dawn Mission is a discovery class mission which is currently on a one-year orbital mapping mission of asteroid Vesta, before it proceeds on to its second target Ceres. Working as part of the camera team means Dr Reddy is one of the first few people to look at the images of Vesta as they are beamed back to Earth from the Dawn spacecraft. Dr Mike Gaffey and Dr Reddy will be interpreting the colors and spectra of Vesta to infer its composition. Dr Reddy will be presenting first results from the Framing Camera color maps at a special Dawn session at the Geological Society of America's annual meeting in Minneapolis next month. Apart from Vesta, Dr Reddy has been studying the source region of the K/T impactor, sizes and albedos of near-Earth asteroids and composition of binary and multiple asteroids.
DAWN image of the day website.