Just look at this hunk of space rock:
This view, from 2,700 miles above, makes you feel it's time to start getting that spacesuit on:
Coming in for a landing, so to speak, the video also captures the dramatic surface around Ceres' Occator Crater — a mysterious bright spot on its surface:
Speaking of those spots... A new study suggests that they are probably just made up of salt. So much for the secret alien entranceway theory.
But they are still pretty cool. It turns out that when the Sun shines on some of those bright spots, a misty haze develops.
This is super neat because though we already knew there was probably a lot of ice under there, we hadn't had a direct view of it on the surface... until now!
Dawn FTW! The ~science~ win!
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