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Topographic map of Ceres with crater names

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Topographic map of Ceres with crater names This color-coded map from NASA's Dawn mission shows the highs and lows of topography on the surface of dwarf planet Ceres. It is labeled with names of features approved by the International Astronomical Union. The color scale extends about 7.5 kilometers below the surface in indigo to 7.5 kilometres above the surface in white. The topographic map was constructed from analyzing images from Dawn's framing camera taken from varying sun and viewing angles. The map was combined with an image mosaic of Ceres and projected as an simple cylindrical projection.

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

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

 

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