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Joseph O'Rourke

Graduate Student, California Institute of Technology

Joseph is a first-year graduate student in planetary science at the California Institute of Technology, where he works with Heather Knutson and David Stevenson. His research interests include the formation of gas giant planets, the internal structures of icy satellites, and the thermo-chemical evolution of terrestrial planets. His favorite planet is Venus and my favorite ice cream flavor is mint chocolate chip. He received my bachelor's degree in Astronomy & Physics and Geology & Geophysics from Yale University in May 2012.

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Will we find signs of tectonics on Pluto? And what would that mean?

Joseph O’Rourke summarizes a recently submitted paper on tectonic activity on Pluto after the Charon-forming impact.