PIA21226: Dawn XMO2 Image 6

Dawn XMO2 Image 6


From its second extended-mission science orbit (or XMO2), at a distance of about 920 miles (1,480 kilometers) above the surface of Ceres, NASA's Dawn spacecraft spied Azacca Crater.

The rim of Azacca (31 miles, 50 kilometers wide) has terraces descending from its rim down to its floor. The crater's floor is relatively free of large impact scars, and displays a prominent set of north-south trending fractures.

Dawn took this image on Oct. 18, 2016. The image resolution is about 460 feet (140 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 mission participants, 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
System Main Belt
Target Type Dwarf Planet Asteroid
Mission Dawn
Instrument Host Dawn
Host Type Orbiter
Instrument Framing Camera (FC)
Extra Keywords Crater, Grayscale, Impact
Acquisition Date
Release Date 2016-11-14
Date in Caption 2016-10-18
Image Credit NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA21226
Identifier PIA21226