Recently, NASA’s Dawn Spacecraft sent several new images of the Ceres. The government space agency has released the latest Ceres pictures on the website. These images are three times better as compared to the previous ones. They are nearly 27 pixels wide.
Ceres is considered as the largest body present between the asteroid belt of Mars and Jupiter. The object consists of rock and ice and makes one third of the mass of the asteroid belt.
The Dawn spacecraft is expected to reach Ceres till the beginning of March 2015. In December, the probe captured two slightly blur images of the dwarf planet. The pictures were approximately one third of the size of the new images.
Earlier, it was an extremely complicated task for astronomers to understand surface of Ceres. However, the images of Dawn spacecraft solved all the issues of scientists.
Currently, the scientists at the Planetary Science Institute are carefully examining the images. They claimed that they have found the albedo characteristics of Ceres.
Andreas Nathues, main author of the report states that scientists spotted water vapors in the recent images of Ceres. Additionally, the images reveal presence of crater like structure on the surface of the planet.
The main aim of these pictures is to get navigation guidance for the spacecraft. The government space agency has planned to capture more images in the next few months.