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NASA's Dawn Spacecraft Takes Best Photos of Dwarf Planet Ceres

NASA’s Dawn Spacecraft Takes Best Photos of Dwarf Planet Ceres
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The latest images of Ceres, captured by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft as it comes ever closer to its rendezvous with the dwarf planet, are the sharpest yet obtained, scientists say. Taken as Dawn moves toward entering orbit around Ceres on March 6, the new and improved images have raised more questions about the dwarf planet and its surface than they have provided answers, say scientists.


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The images, which were taken at proximity of 52,000 miles, reveal craters and mysterious bright spots. “As we slowly approach the stage, our eyes transfixed on Ceres and her planetary dance, we find she has beguiled us but left us none the wiser,” said Dawn mission principal investigator Chris Russell. “We expected to be surprised; we did not expect to be this puzzled.”

New, sharper images of dwarf planet raise more questions than answers, astronomers say. Scientists eagerly await the arrival of the Dawn spacecraft at Ceres in March.

New, sharper images of dwarf planet raise more questions than answers, astronomers say. Scientists eagerly await the arrival of the Dawn spacecraft at Ceres in March.

An earlier video of Ceres, captured by Dawn last month

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