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Hello, Ceres! Dwarf Planet’s Features Come Into Focus

17 Feb 2015, 22:49 UTC
Hello, Ceres! Dwarf Planet’s Features Come Into Focus
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Won’t you look at that! Here’s a view of Ceres captured by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft on Feb. 12, 2015, from a distance of about 52,000 miles (83,000 km). No longer just a grey sphere with some vague bright spots, actual features can now be resolved – craters, mountains, and scarps that quite literally no one has ever […]

Image of Ceres captured by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft during approach on Feb. 12, 2015. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA.
Won’t you look at that! Here’s a view of Ceres captured by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft on Feb. 12, 2015, from a distance of about 52,000 miles (83,000 km). No longer just a grey sphere with some vague bright spots, actual features can now be resolved – craters, mountains, and scarps that quite literally no one has ever seen before! Fantastic!
Two images were captured by Dawn’s framing camera as Ceres rotated within view over the course of its 9-hour day. See both below:

Images of Ceres captured by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft on Feb. 12, 2015 from 52,000 miles away. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA.
These images have a resolution of 4.9 miles (7.8 km) per pixel. Needless to say these are the sharpest views of Ceres ever acquired (as ...

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