PIA22984: Haulani and Oxo Craters

Haulani and Oxo Craters


This image shows Haulani Crater and its bright ejecta near the limb of Ceres and Oxo Crater near the center of the image. The latter is easily recognizable by its bright wall that is enriched in ice and carbonate. The image is facing south, with Haulani Crater located near Ceres' equator at 5.8 degrees north latitude and 10.8 degrees east longitude and Oxo Crater located at 42.2 degrees north latitude and 359.6 degrees east longitude.

The images used in this montage were obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on September 1, 2018 from an altitude of about 2075 miles (3340 kilometers). NASA announced the conclusion of Dawn's mission operations was Oct. 31, 2018, when the spacecraft depleted its hydrazine.

Haulani Crater is named after "Hau-lani", the Hawaiian plant goddess. Oxo Crater is named after the God of agriculture in Afro-Brazilian beliefs of Yoruba derivation.

Background Info:

Dawn's mission is managed by JPL for NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington. Dawn is a project of the directorates Discovery Program, managed by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. JPL is responsible for overall Dawn mission science. Orbital ATK Inc., in Dulles, Virginia, designed and built the spacecraft. The German Aerospace Center, Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Italian Space Agency and Italian National Astrophysical Institute are international partners on the mission team.

For a complete list of Dawn mission participants, visit 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 2018-12-27
Date in Caption 2018-09-01 2018-10-31
Image Credit NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA22984
Identifier PIA22984