Scientists Tantalized as Dawn Yields Global Mineral and Topographic Maps of Ceres
This map-projected view of Ceres was created from images taken by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft during its high-altitude mapping orbit, in August and September, 2015. This color coded map can provide valuable insights into the mineral composition of the surface, as well as the relative ages of surface features. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA
Slowly but surely the mysteries of dwarf planet Ceres are being peeled back layer by layer as NASA’s Dawn spacecraft orbits lower and lower and gathers detailed measurements that have now yielded global mineral and topographic maps, tantalizing researchers with the best resolution ever.
The Dawn science team has been painstakingly stitching together the spectral and imaging products captured from the lowest orbit yet achieved into high resolution global maps of Ceres, released today Sept. 30, by NASA. (…)
Read the rest of Scientists Tantalized as Dawn Yields Global Mineral and Topographic Maps of Ceres (1,014 words)
© Ken Kremer for Universe Today, 2015. |
No comment |
Post tags: 4 vesta, ceres, ceres bright spots, Chris Russell, dawn, Dawn Asteroid Orbiter, dawn ceres, DLR, Framing camera, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), JPL, Main Asteroid Belt, Marc Rayman, NASA, Occator crater, VIR