The first Ceres atlas

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Ceres's first atlas

Using data during Dawn’s first orbit of Ceres German scientists have compiled a global atlas of the dwarf planet.

The images used for this are the wide angle survey images, which won’t show the smallest objects because they were taken from about 2,700 miles above the surface. Nonetheless, this atlas gives scientists a baseline for studying the giant asteroid.

One comment

  • hondo

    Admit it – who here was hoping the bright spot was a debris field from an ancient alien space craft. The boast to space exploration and interest would have been incredible.

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