Illustration for article titled Our Closest View Yet Of Ceres Pockmarked Surface

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft is getting progressively closer to Ceres. And we’re getting some amazing views — this remarkably detailed shot shows the dwarf planet’s cratered surface from a distance of only 3,200 miles (5,100 km).


This shot, taken by Dawn’s OpNav9 camera on May 23, shows some previously unseen features, including secondary craters formed by the re-impact of debris strewn from larger impact sites.

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA.

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