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Photo of the Day: Ceres’ North Pole Through Dawn’s Eyes

posted: 04/17/15
by: Discovery.com Staff
Ceres' North Pole
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NASA's Dawn probe has returned the highest-resolution photos of Ceres taken to date, and they are stunning. Taken on April 10, the dramatic photos depict the dwarf planet's sunlit north pole.

This photograph was taken 21,000 miles away from Ceres; next week, Dawn will settle into its first science orbit around Ceres approximately 8,400 miles from the surface. Dawn arrived at Ceres in early March, making it the first spacecraft to orbit a dwarf planet.

Earlier this week, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft returned the first color view of Pluto and its moon, Charon. Click here for more details.

Click here for the full story from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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