NASA Released Dawn Spacecraft’s First Picture of Ceres

December 8, 2014 8:34 AM

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

NASA experts say that the 590-mile- wide 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.

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