NASA's Dawn Snaps A Conical Mountain On Ceres

Posted: Aug 26 2015, 8:25am CDT | by , Updated: Aug 26 2015, 8:26am CDT, in News | Latest Science News


NASA's Dawn Snaps a Conical Mountain on Ceres
NASA's Dawn spacecraft spotted this tall, conical mountain on Ceres from a distance of 915 miles (1,470 kilometers). The mountain, located in the southern hemisphere, stands 4 miles (6 kilometers) high. Its perimeter is sharply defined, with almost no accumulated debris at the base of the brightly streaked slope. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA
  • NASA pictures reveal a strange, lonely mountain on dwarf planet Ceres!

The space craft Dawn has provided the closest snaps of the dwarf planet Ceres ever from 915 miles away.

The satellite Dawn by NASA recently sent some very interesting photos. The pictures show the closest view of the planet Ceres ever. The planet Ceres is also known as the dwarf planet.

The snaps were transmitted by the Dawn more than 915 miles to NASA. The pictures show mountains on the surface of the planet. The mountains have conical shapes. Crater formations are also visible on the surface of the planet. 

The chief engineer and mission director of Dawn is Marc Rayman. According to Rayman the satellite has given a flawless performance so far. The satellite Dawn has been in a new orbit and conducting exploration for some time.

"Dawn is performing flawlessly in this new orbit as it conducts its ambitious exploration. The spacecraft's view is now three times as sharp as in its previous mapping orbit, revealing exciting new details of this intriguing dwarf planet," said Marc Rayman, Dawn's chief engineer and mission director, based at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California.

NASA's Dawn spacecraft took this image that shows a mountain ridge, near lower left, that lies in the center of Urvara crater on Ceres. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA

The view provided by the satellite Dawn is three times sharper than the previous views. The pictures provided by Dawn have revealed new and exciting details of the dwarf planet. 

The planet Ceres is considered to have the same elevation as the Mount McKinley. The Mount McKinley is the highest peak in North America. The conical mountains viewed on Ceres also show bright streaks.

The mountains stand at roughly 44 miles high. Scientists have been very intrigues by the presence of the mountains on Ceres. 

The geologist on the Dawn science team is Paul Schenk. Schenk shared they will take even closer looks to figure out the location of the mountains.

The researchers are still not sure about what the bright patches are on the surface of the mountains. It is still too early to rule out ice but the properties are not consistent. 

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