NASA Spacecraft "Dawn" Nears Historic Dwarf Planet Arrival
Ceres Awaits Dawn
rotates in this sped-up movie comprised of images taken by NASA's Dawn
mission during its approach to the dwarf planet. The images were taken
on Feb. 19, 2015, from a distance of nearly 29,000 miles (46,000
kilometers). Dawn observed Ceres for a full rotation of the dwarf
planet, which lasts about nine hours. The images have a resolution of
2.5 miles (4 kilometers) per pixel.
Dawn's mission is managed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory,
Pasadena, California, for NASA's Science Mission Directorate in
Washington. Dawn is a project of the directorate's Discovery Program,
managed by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
The University of California, Los Angeles, is responsible for overall
Dawn mission science. Orbital ATK Inc., in Dulles, Virginia, designed
and built the spacecraft. The German Aerospace Center, the Max Planck
Institute for Solar System Research, the Italian Space Agency and the
Italian National Astrophysical Institute are international partners on
the mission team. For a complete list of acknowledgments, visit http://www.nasa.gov/dawn and http://dawn.jpl.nasa.gov/mission/.
Dawn spacecraft took these images of dwarf planet Ceres from about
25,000 miles (40,000 kilometers) away on Feb. 25, 2015. Ceres appears
half in shadow because of the current position of the spacecraft
relative to the dwarf planet and the sun. The resolution is about 2.3
miles (3.7 kilometers) per pixel.