PIA19310: Ceres in Half Shadow


Ceres in Half Shadow

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NASA's Dawn spacecraft took these images of dwarf planet Ceres from about 25,000 miles (40,000 kilometers) away on Feb. 25, 2015. Ceres appears half in shadow because of the current position of the spacecraft relative to the dwarf planet and the sun. The resolution is about 2.3 miles (3.7 kilometers) per pixel.

Background Info:

Dawn is due to be captured into orbit around Ceres on March 6.

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 Sun
System Asteroid Belt
Target Type Asteroid, Dwarf Planet, Sun
Mission Dawn
Instrument Host Dawn
Host Type Orbiter
Instrument Framing Camera
Detector
Extra Keywords Grayscale, Shadow
Acquisition Date
Release Date 2015-03-02
Date in Caption 2015-02-25
Image Credit NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA19310
Identifier PIA19310