NASA's intrepid spacecraft, Dawn, has just sent back a startling new set of images of the mysterious dwarf planet, Ceres. Taken as close as 920 miles above the pock-marked surface, Dawn delivered some of the clearest, most detailed photos of this strange heavenly body, including the 57-mile-wide, 2.5 mile-deep Occator Crater, the northern hemisphere, jagged cryovolcanoes and the smaller Zendai, Yalode,Takei and Kupalo craters. Marking its fifth orbit of Ceres since arriving there in March of 2015, Dawn's cameras used a different approach angle than previous passes and captured a wide range of geologic features and scarred landscapes to allow for a more all-encompassing idea of the dwarf planet's desolate beauty. NASA also released a new colorized image of Ceres, replicating close to what the naked eye would actually see. The probe will next head into its sixth orbit further away from Ceres at a distance of 4,500 miles. Fans of the hit Syfy show and James S.A. Corey book series, The Expanse, will be familiar with the space station at Ceres, located in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.
Have a look at these fascinating Dawn shots from October and tell us if you think the icy rock of Ceres might be a sweet spot for a mining colony or resort hotel sometime in the far future.