PIA20120: Dawn HAMO Image 58
 Target Name:  Ceres
 Is a satellite of:  Sol (our sun)
 Mission:  Dawn
 Spacecraft:  Dawn
 Instrument:  Framing Camera
 Product Size:  1024 x 1024 pixels (w x h)
 Produced By:  JPL
 Full-Res TIFF:  PIA20120.tif (1.029 MB)
 Full-Res JPEG:  PIA20120.jpg (134.2 kB)

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This image of Ceres, taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, shows three prominent craters located to the northeast of a terrace (the terrace feature being located at left in this image). The lower two craters, which are larger, have polygonal rims. The steep crater walls, distinct rim and visible ejecta of the upper smaller crater, called Oxo, hint at a fresh impact. Oxo is about 6 miles (9 kilometers) in diameter. Another interesting feature in this view is a short, linear slump, where a mass of material has dropped below the surface, to the east (or right in this view) of Oxo.

The image was taken on Oct. 8, 2015, from an altitude of 915 miles (1,470 kilometers), and has a resolution of 450 feet (140 meters) per pixel. The image is located at 42 degrees north latitude, 358 degrees east longitude.

Dawn's mission is managed by JPL for NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington. Dawn is a project of the directorate's Discovery Program, managed by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. UCLA is responsible for overall Dawn mission science. Orbital ATK, Inc., in Dulles, Virginia, designed and built the spacecraft. The German Aerospace Center, the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, the Italian Space Agency and the Italian National Astrophysical Institute are international partners on the mission team. For a complete list of acknowledgments, see http://dawn.jpl.nasa.gov/mission.

For more information about the Dawn mission, visit http://dawn.jpl.nasa.gov.

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