New Delhi: NASA's Dawn spacecraft has delivered yet another stunning image from the surface of Ceres, the largest object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.
This time, the spacecraft has sent an image that shows cratered terrain in the northern hemisphere of Ceres. According to NASA, the large crater in the scene appears quite ancient, with its features smoothed and rounded by subsequent impacts and the slow infall of debris from other craters.
— NASA's Dawn Mission (@NASA_Dawn) March 16, 2016
Dawn captured this image on January 25, 2016, from its low-altitude mapping orbit, at a distance of about 240 miles (385 kilometers) from the surface.
Earlier this month, and as Dawn marked its one year anniversary orbiting Ceres, images from the spacecraft revealed a mysterious mountain, which the mission team named as ‘Ahuna Mons’, on dwarf planet.
The Dawn mission has achieved several important firsts in space exploration.