New Ceres images are closest yet of the Occator Crater

New Ceres Images Are Closest Yet Of The Occator Crater
New Ceres Images Are Closest Yet Of The Occator Crater

NASA's Dawn spacecraft has sent back the closest images taken thus far of Ceres' Occator crater.

They reveal steeply vertical walls in certain areas that rise from the rim for about a mile.

Scientists are also able to see more detailed views of the crater floor which are adjacent to the brightest spot in the depression.

In fact, the team had to merge an image exposed for the illuminated areas and another adjusted for the more muted surroundings into a single shot to adjust for the high disparity in contrast.

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They have since turned the contents into a map and virtual animation, and plan to analyze the chemical and geological composition further.

Taken 915 miles above Ceres, these new photos are three times sharper than the previous batch sent in June.

During the next two months, Dawn will orbit the dwarf planet around 84 times, completing six complete rounds of imaging consisting of 14 orbits each.

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