Why has it taken so long to see these close ups? To give them time to shop out the white spots?
It is delightfully spherical. Suggests the planet is soft inside.
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:
BTW nice scoop Xeni! FTW
OpNav 7 Woohoo!!!
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