# What engineering challenges would be posed by a manned mission to Ceres?

I have read a lot of literature concerning manned missions to the Moon, Mars, and the Jovian moons. Something I have not heard much about, despite it's relative distance and interesting composition, is a manned flight to Ceres.

What sort of engineering challenges would be posed by landing on Ceres? The diagram provided by Wikipedia suggests a thin, dusty crust with an inner layer of water-ice. Could a landing conceivably disrupt the crust in that area ?

• @Cornelisinspace I think you can just delete those comments now. – uhoh Jun 28 '20 at 0:28

• I am not so sure "propulsion is not an issue". Uncrewed payloads can be a lot lighter than crewed ones. Although we need less $\Delta v$ going to Ceres we than for missions we've flown to Jupiter (which is usually as far as we get before using a gravity assist from that planet), it has to be balanced against the heavier mass that crewed spaceflight inevitably brings. – Oscar Lanzi Jun 28 '20 at 16:10