NASA On Air: NASA's Imagery Shows Dwarf Planet Ceres (2/2/2016)

  • Released Tuesday, February 2, 2016

LEAD: A colorful new animation shows a simulated flight over the surface of dwarf planet Ceres, based on images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft.

1. The movie shows Ceres in enhanced color, which helps to highlight subtle differences in the appearance of surface materials. Scientists believe areas with shades of blue contain younger, fresher material, including flows, pits and cracks.

TAG: Ceres is the largest body in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. It has a diameter of about 590 miles and is made up of ice and rock.


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