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The Bruce Murray Space Image Library

High-resolution mosaic of Occator crater, Ceres

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High-resolution mosaic of Occator crater, Ceres Occator Crater, measuring 92 kilometers across and 4 kilometers deep, contains the brightest area on Ceres. This region was the subject of intense interest throughout Dawn's mission to the dwarf planet. Dawn's close-up view, captured from its Low-Altitude Mapping Orbit at 385 kilometers above Ceres in late 2015 and early 2016, reveals a dome in a smooth-walled pit in the bright center of the crater. Numerous linear features and fractures crisscross the top and flanks of this dome. Prominent fractures also surround the dome and run through smaller, bright regions found within the crater.

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

Original image data dated on or about February 29, 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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