This view from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows the southwestern rim of Sintana Crater. The inside of the crater shows a hummocky surface. The crater's rim shows different stages of degradation -- some parts appear distinct and smooth, whereas the part at the bottom of the image is heavily degraded.
The image is centered at approximately 51 degrees south latitude, 46.1 degrees east longitude. Dawn captured the scene on Jan. 6, 2016, from its low-altitude mapping orbit (LAMO), at an altitude of 235 miles (378 kilometers) above Ceres. The image resolution is 115 feet (35 meters) per pixel.
Part of Sintana can also be seen from this altitude in PIA20311, and from a higher altitude at in PIA20149.
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