This ancient crater on Ceres displays a flattened floor and a low, rounded central peak.
The image is centered at approximately 43.8 degrees south latitude, 122.6 degrees east longitude. NASA's Dawn spacecraft captured the scene on Jan. 2, 2016, from its low-altitude mapping orbit (LAMO), at an altitude of 234 miles (377 kilometers) above Ceres. The image resolution is 115 feet (35 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