Dawn sends amazing images of Ceres

Dwarf planet Ceres’ bright spots were captured in the camera of NASA’s spacecraft. The Dawn spacecraft has relayed back best pictures of dwarfs.  The researchers noticed very unusual features on the surface of the planet which can’t be explained with present data. The bright spots observed in the high-resolution pictures have different sizes. The one with highest intensity is as wide as 90 kilometers, according to analysis.
The Space.com published interactive video footage of the white spots on the dwarf. The Dawn relayed these images few months back. Chris Russel, Principal Investigator for Dawn and UCLA professor told that the science team is exploring the source of those spots. These kind of objects are absent in the solar system.  The alternate connections and possibilities are being predicted by the team but ice reflections are the popular candidate as of now. The Dawn is now located at Cere’s second mapping orbit. The terrain of the dwarf remains rough; therefore spaceship is observing it from 4,400 kilometers.  Closer images are expected by the dwarf now.
The spiral pattern would be followed to reach near the planet and spaceship will reach as close as 1,450 kilometers altitude. The low thrust ion engines on board are designed to carry such kinds of missions. Multiple viewing angles along with more clear images from small distance will explain lot about this mysterious phenomenon on the planet. The spaceship left the Earth’s orbit back in 2007 costing $473 million to the agency. The mission is to study Ceres and Vesta, biggest objects in the asteroid belt.

 

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