Scientists with NASA's Dawn mission released new, up-close photos of Ceres on Tuesday at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in Texas. Low-orbit images of the dwarf planet located in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter were highly anticipated because of what they could potentially say about the Occator Crater. Bright spots on Ceres have perplexed scientists since NASA's Dawn mission sent images of them back last year. And measuring 57 miles across and 2.5 miles deep, Occator Crater holds the brightest area on the entire planet. The new images taken 240 miles from Ceres' surface – Dawn's lowest-altitude orbit – did not disappoint.
Mar-23-2016, 16:26:23 GMT