PIA21241: Dawn XMO2 Image 21

Dawn XMO2 Image 21


This scene from Ceres features terrain near the rim of the large crater named Kerwan, at lower left. At 174 miles (280 kilometers) in diameter, Kerwan is the largest crater that Dawn has discovered on Ceres.

A much smaller, fresher crater called Cacaguat is seen in the lower right corner. Cacaguat, named for the Nicaraguan god of cacao, is 8.5 miles (13.6 kilometers) in diameter.

Dawn took this image on Oct. 20, 2016, from its second extended-mission science orbit (XMO2), at a distance of about 920 miles (1,480 kilometers) above the surface. 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
Acquisition Date
Release Date 2016-12-08
Date in Caption 2016-10-20
Image Credit NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA21241
Identifier PIA21241