Inamahari Crater on Ceres, the large well-defined crater at the center of this image, is one of the sites where scientists have discovered evidence for organic material.
The crater, 42 miles (68 kilometers) in diameter, presents other interesting attributes. It has a polygonal shape and an association with another crater of similar size and geometry called Homshuk (center right), although the latter appears eroded and is likely older. Future studies of Inamahari crater and surroundings may help uncover the mechanisms involved in the exposure of organic material onto Ceres' surface.
Inamahari was named for a pair of male and female deities from the ancient Siouan tribe of South Carolina, invoked for a successful sowing season. Homshuk refers to the spirit of corn (maize) from the Popoluca peoples of southern Mexico.
Inamahari is located at 14 degrees north latitude, 89 degrees east longitude. This picture was taken by Dawn on September 25, 2015 from an altitude of about 915 miles (1,470 kilometers). It has a resolution of 450 feet (140 meters) per pixel.
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 .
|Target Type||Asteroid, Dwarf Planet|
|Extra Keywords||Crater, Grayscale|
|Date in Caption||2015-09-25|