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Bright Areas on Ceres Suggest Geologic Activity

Bright Areas on Ceres Suggest Geologic Activity The bright areas of Occator Crater — Cerealia Facula in the center and Vinalia Faculae to the side — are examples of bright material found on crater floors on Ceres. This is a …

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Dawn Mission Celebrates 10 Years in Space

Dawn launched 10 years ago on Sept. 27, 2007. Credit: NASA/Sandra Joseph and Rafael Hernandez   Dawn Mission Celebrates 10 Years in Space Ten years ago, NASA’s Dawn spacecraft set sail for the two most massive bodies in the asteroid …

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The Mystery of Ahuna Mons, the Lonely Ice Volcano

This image of Ceres approximates how the dwarf planet’s colors would appear to the eye. This view of Ceres, produced by the German Aerospace Center in Berlin, combines images taken during Dawn’s first science orbit in 2015 using the framing …

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Dawn Maps Ceres Craters Where Ice Can Accumulate

At the poles of Ceres, scientists have found craters that are permanently in shadow (indicated by blue markings). Such craters are called “cold traps” if they remain below about minus 240 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 151 degrees Celsius). These shadowed craters …

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New Ceres Images Show Bright Craters

Ceres’ Haulani Crater, with a diameter of 21 miles (34 kilometers), shows evidence of landslides from its crater rim. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA Click for a full size image New Ceres Images Show Bright Craters Craters with bright material on dwarf planet …

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Dawn Mission Wins Two Awards

Members of the Dawn mission accept the 2015 Robert J. Collier Trophy recognition. From left to right: Joseph Makowski of Orbital ATK, Keyur Patel of JPL, Robert Mase of JPL, Marc Rayman of JPL and Michael Violet of Orbital ATK. …

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What smacks into Ceres stays on Ceres

Cosmic flypaper Experiments using a high velocity cannon suggest that when asteroids hit targets that are icy or made of porous silicate materials, much of the impact material stays in the crater. The findings have implications for the surface composition …

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Dwarf Planet Ceres

NASA’s Dawn mission launched September 27, 2007. It traveled to the asteroid Vesta, where it remained in orbit from July 2011 to July 2012 before heading to Ceres. It is slated to spend five months studying the dwarf planet, though …

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