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Watch Ceres rotate: A guide to interpreting Dawn's images

Emily Lakdawalla • March 03, 2015 • 14

NASA held a press briefing on the Dawn mission yesterday, sharing some new images and early interpretations of them. I see lots of things that intrigue me, and I'm looking forward to Dawn investigating them in more detail. I invite you to check out these photos yourself, and offer you some guidance on things to look for.

At last, Ceres is a geological world

Emily Lakdawalla • February 25, 2015 • 25

I've been resisting all urges to speculate on what kinds of geological features are present on Ceres, until now. Finally, Dawn has gotten close enough that the pictures it has returned show geology: bright spots, flat-floored craters, and enigmatic grooves.

Dawn Journal: Ceres' Deepening Mysteries

Marc Rayman • February 25, 2015 • 15

Even as we discover more about Ceres, some mysteries only deepen. Mission Director Marc Rayman gives an update on Dawn as it moves ever closer to its next target.

Ceres coming into focus

Emily Lakdawalla • February 06, 2015 • 8

The Dawn mission released new images of Ceres yesterday, taken on February 4, when Dawn had approached to within 145,000 kilometers. More details are coming into view, and they're fascinating. For one thing, there's not just one white spot any more: there are several.

Ceres Coming Into View

Paul Schenk • February 03, 2015 • 1

Dawn is on approach to Ceres, the largest of the asteroids, and is starting to resolve features.

Dawn Journal: Closing in on Ceres

Marc Rayman • January 30, 2015 • 7

Dawn's chief engineer Marc Rayman gives an update on the mission as it gets ever closer to its next target: The dwarf planet Ceres.

Ceres: Just a little bit closer (and officially better than Hubble)

Emily Lakdawalla • January 27, 2015 • 5

Last week's Dawn images of Ceres were just slightly less detailed than Hubble's best. This week's are just slightly better.

New Dawn images of Ceres: comparable to Hubble

Emily Lakdawalla • January 20, 2015 • 9

Dawn has captured a series of photos of a rotating Ceres whose resolution is very close to Hubble's, and they show tantalizing surface details.

Year of the 'Dwarves': Ceres and Pluto Get Their Due

Paul Schenk • January 15, 2015 • 1

This year we achieve the first exploration of these curious but fascinating objects. Paul Schenk explains what we may learn about them.

Planetary exploration in 2015: The Year of the Dwarf Planet

Emily Lakdawalla • December 31, 2014 • 8

Looking ahead to what we can expect from Earth's exploration of the rest of the solar system in 2015, there's an obvious theme: Dwarf planets.

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