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Across Ceres' limb

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Across Ceres' limb Dawn captured this view of a region in the mid-southern latitudes of Ceres. The largest crater in the scene is Fluusa (59 kilometers in diameter), which fills the upper left portion of the image. Fluusa has a densely cratered floor and therefore is interpreted as an old impact feature. The highly oblique viewing angle enhances the topography of the densely cratered landscape, especially along the limb. The smooth, less densely cratered area at bottom is most likely ejecta from a younger crater, possibly those of Juling Crater, located outside the image scene. The image is centered at approximately 35 degrees south latitude, 174 degrees east longitude. Dawn captured the scene on January 4, 2016, from its low-altitude mapping orbit (LAMO), at an altitude of 367 kilometers above Ceres. The image resolution is 46 meters per pixel.

NASA / JPL-Caltech / UCLA / MPS / DLR / IDA

Original image data dated on or about January 4, 2016.

Most NASA images are in the public domain. Reuse of this image is governed by NASA's image use policy.


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