Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Dawn is still out there

I hadn't heard much about the Dawn asteroid mission for a few months.  Apparently it hasn't been napping, it's been mapping -- the asteroid Ceres.  Now it's destined for a higher orbit.  

Two new pictures were released;  one of Occator Crater, the one with the largest bright white spots that were still a mystery as Dawn approached -- now identified as a magnesium salt.  The other is an attempt to provide a color image much as the human eye would see it, but likely a bit brighter, considering how far away the Sun is.

If you want lot and lots and lots of Ceres pictures from throughout the Dawn orbital phase, go here.

Here's the two new ones.

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