This image, taken by the framing camera aboard NASA's Dawn spacecraft, shows several unnamed craters superimposed upon one another. The low sun angle enhances the topography of this densely cratered region.
Landslides have occurred on the inner wall of the largest crater, with material slumping down into the crater's floor and subsequently being peppered by small impacts.
The image is centered at approximately 78 degrees south latitude, 171 degrees east longitude. Dawn captured the scene on Jan. 2, 2016, from its low-altitude mapping orbit (LAMO), at an altitude of 242 miles (389 kilometers) above Ceres. The image resolution is 118 feet (36 meters) per pixel.
Dawn's mission is managed by JPL for NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington. Dawn is a project of the directorate's Discovery Program, managed by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. UCLA is responsible for overall Dawn mission science. Orbital ATK, Inc., in Dulles, Virginia, designed and built the spacecraft. The German Aerospace Center, the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, the Italian Space Agency and the Italian National Astrophysical Institute are international partners on the mission team. For a complete list of acknowledgments, see http://dawn.jpl.nasa.gov/mission.
For more information about the Dawn mission, visit http://dawn.jpl.nasa.gov.
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA