Morgan Dynamic Research is following the progress of NASA’s Dawn mission to Ceres.
Here we will post our enhanced versions of NASA images.
Original images by: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA
Image enhancement by Morgan Dynamic Research.
Click on an image to enlarge it.
Capture Altitude: (Left) 2700 miles – (Right) Unspecified – Estimated 868 miles
Resolution: (Left) 1400 feet / pixel – (Right) 450 feet / pixel
Crater Size: 57.5 miles x 60.5 miles
Primary Central Region: 8.5 miles x 9.6 miles
Secondary Region (High density area to right of primary): 7.7 miles x 5.3 miles
Tertiary Spots: Range from 1.1 miles x 1.3 miles to 1.6 miles x 2.4 miles
Analysis: Primary central region of high albedo is most likely water-ice displaced from a sub-surface ocean by an impact from an iron-core asteroid. Secondary and tertiary regions are likely collections of ejecta from the primary region. Note the “mound” of the primary region and the lack of impact basins around the secondary and tertiary regions.