This image from NASA's Dawn mission shows the 52-mile-wide (84 kilometer-wide) crater on Ceres named Gaue. This medium-sized basin has a relatively fresh rim with terraced walls and a smooth floor. In the center of the crater are remnants of an ancient central peak, which has collapsed to a central pit. Impact ejecta from Gaue has coated the surrounding terrain, muting the appearance of older features.
The image is centered at 42 degrees north latitude, 85 degrees east longitude, and was taken from a spacecraft altitude of 926 miles (1,490 kilometers) during Dawn's High Altitude Mapping Orbit (HAMO) phase on Oct. 6, 2015. Image resolution is 394 feet (120 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