Discovered in 1801 by Giuseppe Piazzi and was once considered a planet, Ceres has long fascinated astronomers from afar. This celestial body resides in the inner solar system within the asteroid belt located between Mars and Jupiter. It is the largest body in the asteroid belt.
In recent years interest in Ceres has grown, in part, due to the presence of water ice on its surface. Researchers speculated that there might be subterranean oceans. And where there's water, there's potentially life. Interested was mounting fast to take a closer peek.