• Released Thursday, July 14, 2016
  • ID: 12304

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On dwarf planet Ceres, scientists map craters where ice can accumulate.

This visualization shows the location of permanently shadowed regions in Ceres' northern hemisphere.

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Images of Ceres taken from orbit helped researchers identify dozens of permanently shadowed regions on the dwarf planet.

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Areas colored blue above highlight the nearly 700 square miles of terrain in Ceres' north polar region that is in constant darkness.

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NASA's Dawn spacecraft has collected thousands of images of Ceres, providing scientists with the first detailed views of its surface.


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NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio
Ceres surface close-up image courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA
Dawn spacecraft image courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech

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