Dawn probe sent new photos of Ceres
The Dawn space probe is getting closer to the goal of its journey - the dwarf planet Ceres. Now the distance from the probe to the planetoid is only a few thousand kilometers. And the device continues to send more and more high-quality images of the surface of Ceres. New photos were taken at a distance of 5100 kilometers from the dwarf planet, and the resolution of the pictures is 480 meters per pixel.
Photos taken May 23, just a week ago. Already on June 3, the probe will approach Ceres at a minimum distance of 4400 kilometers. Of course, the photos will be even better, and on the new pictures you can see the very bright spots, whatever they are. When clicked, the photo will open in full size.
This time, the probe was unable to photograph the spots, but this is a matter of time. The probe sent rather high-quality images of spots last time, having taken Ceres from a distance of 7.2 thousand kilometers. When you click, the photo will open in full size. Recall that the goal of Dawn is to study dwarf planets. So, for 14 months the probe studied Vesta, but now it is approaching Ceres. Ceres is the largest object in the asteroid belt. The diameter of the planet is 950 kilometers. Perhaps Ceres has huge deposits of water ice. Some scientists believe that under the thick ice crust there may also be a liquid ocean of water. The interplanetary station Dawn reached Ceres in early March 2015. The device was sent from Earth on January 27, 2007.