This image of Ceres from NASA's Dawn spacecraft was taken at an oblique viewing angle relative to the surface. The crater to the upper right is named Juling (12 miles, 20 kilometers in diameter).
Juling displays prominent spurs of compacted material along its walls. Material has fallen from the edges and walls to fill the crater floor with mounds of debris. The presence of delicate features like spurs and debris slides indicates a relatively young age for Juling Crater, as such details erode easily over time, generating a smoother appearance.
The image is centered at approximately 33.6 degrees south latitude, 168.7 degrees east longitude. Dawn captured the scene on Jan. 4, 2016, from its low-altitude mapping orbit (LAMO), at an altitude of 227 miles (366 kilometers) above Ceres. The image resolution is 138 feet (42 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