Friday, February 6, 2015

Unprecedented Views of Dwarf Planet Ceres, Fresh imagery From NASA’s Dawn Spacecraft

Fresh imagery from NASA’s Dawn spacecraft reveal the icy dwarf planet Ceres in new detail, showing surface features coming into focus as the probe nears insertion into orbit for a comprehensive survey of the unexplored world.
The pictures taken Wednesday are the sharpest images ever taken of Ceres, with a resolution of 8.5 miles, or 14 kilometers.
Dawn took the images at a distance of about 90,000 miles from
Ceres as the spacecraft zooms toward a rendezvous with the dwarf planet in the next few months.
Ceres spans 590 miles across, and scientists believe it is likely covered in a crust of ice. Ceres is the largest object in the asteroid belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.
Dawn will survey Ceres from a series of different altitudes, measuring the world’s composition, internal structure, and surface characteristics.

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