Dawn’s first images of Ceres released by NASA

December 8, 2014 6:19 PM

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NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory publicly released the first photo of Ceres, taken by Dawn spacecraft, on December 5. Ceres is a dwarf planet and largest object in the main asteroid belt that is located between Mars and Jupiter. The 9 pixel photo was taken as a calibration test of the science camera and Ceres was about 740.000 miles away from Dawn at that time.

NASA experts say that Ceres has a round shape because it is one of the earliest objects ever to have formed in our Solar System. It also has some water vapors around it and scientists hope it also hosts life. It is 590-mile wide and is three times farther from Sun than Earth. However, it is still ab...

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