PIA20409: Dawn LAMO Image 54

Dawn LAMO Image 54


This view from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows a moderate-sized impact feature that is imprinted upon the southern rim of Mondamin Crater. Shadows created by the low angle of solar illumination in this scene make visible rays of ejected material that spread radially outward from the crater. Boulders of various sizes can be seen around the crater's rim and on the sunlit part of its floor.

Dawn took this image on Feb. 7, 2016, from its low-altitude mapping orbit, at a distance of about 240 miles (385 kilometers) from the surface. The image resolution is 120 feet (35 meters) per pixel.

Background Info:

Dawn's mission is managed by JPL 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. UCLA 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, see http://dawn.jpl.nasa.gov/mission .

For more information about the Dawn mission, visit http://dawn.jpl.nasa.gov .

Cataloging Keywords:

Name Value Additional Values
Target 1 Ceres Sun
Target Type Sun
Mission Dawn
Instrument Host Dawn
Host Type
Instrument Framing Camera
Extra Keywords Crater, Grayscale, Shadow
Acquisition Date
Release Date 2016-03-28
Date in Caption 2016-02-07
Image Credit NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA20409
Identifier PIA20409