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NASA Ceres Flyover a Space-Eye View of Craters and Mountains

 

By    |   Tuesday, 02 Feb 2016 12:29 PM

NASA's simulated flyover of the dwarf plant Ceres has been smash on the Internet, with the dramatic pictures taken by the spacecraft Dawn being viewed by more than 665,000 people on YouTube since Friday.

The photos were taken while Dawn circled the dwarf planet, located in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, from August through October, from about 900 miles away, according to NASA.

"The simulated overflight shows the wide range of crater shapes that we have encountered on Ceres," said Ralf Jaumann, a Dawn mission scientist at the German Aerospace Center, DLR. "The viewer can observe the sheer walls of the crater Occator, and also Dantu and Yalode, where the craters are a lot flatter."

Members of Dawn's framing camera team at the DLR used images from Dawn's high-altitude mapping orbit to create the video.

"It's no Pluto, but it's an exciting little world," said Washington Post science blogger Rachel Feltman. "And the scientists behind NASA's Dawn mission, which is orbiting the tiny planetoid, continue to be thrilled with it."

"… You can see Ceres from Dawn's perspective. The spacecraft is currently in its final, closest orbit of Ceres – just 240 miles above the surface – but the video was actually made from images taken during its previous orbit of 900 miles." 

Marc Rayman, Dawn's chief engineer and mission director at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, told Universe Today last month that new camera shots promise to be even more dramatic.

"Ceres has a surface area of 2,770,000 square kilometers," said Rayman. "It's a big surface and we haven’t seen all of it. It will be great to see what the new detail shows from the low altitude orbit, because those pictures will be four times better resolution than pictures we were able to get at our previous orbit."

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NASA's simulated flyover of the dwarf plant Ceres has been smash on the Internet, with the dramatic pictures taken by the spacecraft Dawn being viewed by more than 665,000 people on YouTube since Friday.
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