This image of Ceres from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows hummocky terrain -- a surface covered in low, rounded hills -- with numerous impact craters of varying sizes. The two biggest craters display central peaks and many places where masses of material have collapsed and slid downward along their walls and floors -- a phenomenon geologists call "mass wasting".
The sharp crater at upper right is surrounded by smooth ejecta with a streaky texture to the south. A graben -- what geologists call a linear feature where terrain has dropped -- measuring 2 to 5 miles (3 to 8 kilometers) in width, and two prominent scarps, or linear, cliff-like slopes, are located in the southeastern (lower right) part of the image.
Dawn took this image on Oct. 5, 2015, from an altitude of 915 miles (1,470 kilometers). It has a resolution of 450 feet (140 meters) per pixel.
The Dawn mission to Vesta and Ceres is managed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Washington D.C. UCLA is responsible for overall Dawn mission science.
The Dawn framing cameras have been developed and built under the leadership of the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Katlenburg-Lindau, Germany, with significant contributions by DLR German Aerospace Center, Institute of Planetary Research, Berlin, and in coordination with the Institute of Computer and Communication Network Engineering, Braunschweig. The framing camera project is funded by the Max Planck Society, DLR, and NASA/JPL.
More information about Dawn is online at http://dawn.jpl.nasa.gov.
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA