PIA18920: Ceres Awaits Dawn


Ceres Awaits Dawn

Caption:

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Ceres rotates in this sped-up movie comprised of images taken by NASA's Dawn mission during its approach to the dwarf planet. The images were taken on Feb. 19, 2015, from a distance of nearly 29,000 miles (46,000 kilometers). Dawn observed Ceres for a full rotation of the dwarf planet, which lasts about nine hours. The original images in this sequence have a resolution of 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) per pixel; here, the images have been magnified by a factor of two. This animation does not show a complete rotation, but instead shows six hours and 45 minutes of the nine-hour rotation.

Background Info:

Dawn's mission is managed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, 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. The University of California, Los Angeles, 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, http://dawn.jpl.nasa.gov/mission .

Cataloging Keywords:

Name Value Additional Values
Target 1 Ceres
System Asteroid Belt
Target Type Asteroid, Dwarf Planet
Mission Dawn
Instrument Host Dawn
Host Type Orbiter
Instrument Framing Camera
Detector
Extra Keywords Grayscale, Movie
Acquisition Date
Release Date 2015-03-02
Date in Caption 2015-02-19
Image Credit NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA18920
Identifier PIA18920