NASA's Dawn spacecraft glimpses a peek of Ceres' North Pole



Why has it taken so long to see these close ups? To give them time to shop out the white spots?

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It is delightfully spherical. Suggests the planet is soft inside.

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The short answer is cuz Dawn just went 900 million miles to create an orbit around an iceball only 590 miles in diameter. It’s been making a sling shot round the dark side and is approaching it’s fixed orbit position.

This photo looks like OpNav 6 w/17%illumination I’m all excited to see OpNav 7 dawn took on the 14th with 49% illumination

Here’s the time table:

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BTW nice scoop Xeni! FTW

OpNav 7 Woohoo!!!

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