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Movie Shows Ceres at Opposition from Sun

16 May 2017, 16:06 UTC
Movie Shows Ceres at Opposition from Sun NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA

NASA's Dawn spacecraft successfully observed Ceres at opposition on April 29, taking images from a position exactly between the sun and Ceres' surface. Mission specialists had carefully maneuvered Dawn into a special orbit so that the spacecraft could view Occator Crater, which contains the brightest area of Ceres, from this new perspective.

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