Dawn Spacecraft provides First Glimpse of Dwarf planet Ceres

Dawn Spacecraft provides First Glimpse of Dwarf planet CeresThanks to NASA’s Dawn spacecraft, researchers were able to have their first view of the dwarf planet Ceres, the largest object in the asteroid belt.
Dawn mission researchers said they have seen some very bright spots in the images of Ceres’ surface. Though many theories have surfaced, NASA researchers said that these spots are more look like ice or salt.
Dawn mission scientists said that once the Dawn gets closer to Ceres then they will get to know what the true nature of these areas is. In the coming months, the researchers will able to study bright spots in a better manner.

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When Dawn will be in Ceres’ closest orbit, the spacecraft’s cameras will be able to capture images with 36 times better details than what it is currently providing now. As per Dawn’s top scientist at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the dwarf planet could gives indication of its past when it might have been warmer and may even had a liquid ocean beneath its surface.
One of the project’s aims is to find out whether the world was once capable of supporting life. With the help of the new images, experts are able to see the surface of the Ceres from 2,700 miles above the surface.
On June 6, NASA’s Dawn moved into its current orbit. Chris Russell, principal investigator for the Dawn mission based at the University of California, Los Angeles, said, “The bright spots in this configuration make Ceres unique from anything we've seen before in the solar system”.


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