NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this view of Azacca Crater (31 miles or 50 kilometers wide) on Ceres. The rim of this crater has terraces descending from its rim down to its floor. The crater's floor is relatively free of large impact scars, and displays a prominent set of north-south trending fractures.
Azacca Crater is named for the Haitian god of agriculture.
The image is centered at approximately 5.3 degrees south latitude, 217.4 degrees east longitude. Dawn captured the scene on Jan. 6, 2016, from its low-altitude mapping orbit (LAMO), at an altitude of 223 miles (359 kilometers) above Ceres. The image resolution is 108 feet (33 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