This atlas of Ceres was created using images taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft in June 2015. Researchers used 12,000 points on Ceres to construct a terrain model, which served as the basis for these maps. Kait crater was chosen as the reference point for longitude 0.
The German Aerospace Center (DLR) constructed this atlas using data from Dawn's Survey orbit, when the spacecraft was at an altitude of about 2,700 miles (4,400 kilometers) above Ceres. The resolution is approximately 1,400 feet (410 meters) per pixel in the full-resolution PDF.
The Kerwan map section is centered on 0 degrees latitude, 90 east longitude. The Occator map section is centered on 0 degrees latitude, 270 east longitude. The Asari-Zadeni map section is centered above Ceres' north and south polar regions.
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