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CERES & DAWN'S APPROACH

 
granitehouse
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CERES & DAWN'S APPROACH
Check out this amazing new closer shot of Ceres as DAWN approaches.

[link to www.nasa.gov]

What is the giant reflective white spot?

Is there symbolic meaning to the name of the Spacecraft?

Are we about to discover a glimmering crystal dome base? An enormous radar dish that is jamming spiritual and technological communication from Earth? Could it be an enormous weapon? Or might it be the freshest trace of an ongoing mining operation? Is that giant crater well below the white dot an opening to the inside of a space station?

What's the lore with Ceres?

And courtesy of NASA for those of you who don't know:

“You may not realize that the word ‘cereal’ comes from the name Ceres. Perhaps you already connected with the dwarf planet at breakfast today," said JPL's Marc Rayman, Mission Director and Chief Engineer of the Dawn mission.
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You ever wondered why the Roman and other ancient people knew about these solar bodies, without modern spacecraft or Modern telescopes? They named them, maybe there were the others around, who knew and told them.
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that white spot looks like a geyser.
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If there is anything artificial about Ceres and the white spot, then it is likely that this will be the end of the DAWN Mission. We might get one more good look and then lights out. Or maybe a holographic field will conceal the true nature of the most interesting features of Ceres.

Yeah. How could the ancients possibly know about Ceres? Look at the best pic Hubble could get, not very good, and that's Hubble. And could somebody please explain to me WHY CAN'T Hubble get detailed pics of our Planets?

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dull pic as always when Ceres is concerned... the other only pic is interesting when contrast is increased a little... lot of blue and land mass kinda

raw from nasa. add contrast, some saturation... and it's another planet...

[link to solarsystem.nasa.gov (secure)]
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dull pic as always when Ceres is concerned... the other only pic is interesting when contrast is increased a little... lot of blue and land mass kinda

raw from nasa. add contrast, some saturation... and it's another planet...

[link to solarsystem.nasa.gov (secure)]
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 67277640


I don't know. Both pics leave a lot to the imagination. I suppose if there was anything of a mindblowing nature there then DAWN would probably not have made it this close.

Still the pic you put up makes it look like the wee planet might have already been mined extensively.

There is always something interesting and new about each large body we explore. Like the dunes on that comet or asteroid. That was wild looking.

Maybe Ceres is an abandoned space station.
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These pictures were taken around 150,000 KM and the spacecraft's ultimate goal is to settle at an orbit of just 375KM where it will remain, so we should get some great pictures.

Vesta has already been imaged.

[link to en.wikipedia.org]
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Title sounds like a porno.
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You ever wondered why the Roman and other ancient people knew about these solar bodies, without modern spacecraft or Modern telescopes? They named them, maybe there were the others around, who knew and told them.
 Quoting: Daughter


Or maybe back then the air was not as polluted as it is nowadays and there was no extraneous light and people could just see a lot more stuff.
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Title sounds like a porno.
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A damn good porno. Dude dressed like a satellite. Chic dressed like sexually frustrated dwarf planet. Let the scanning begin. Click. Sending telemetry!
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You ever wondered why the Roman and other ancient people knew about these solar bodies, without modern spacecraft or Modern telescopes? They named them, maybe there were the others around, who knew and told them.
 Quoting: Daughter


Or maybe back then the air was not as polluted as it is nowadays and there was no extraneous light and people could just see a lot more stuff.
 Quoting: Face Palmer


This is a valid point. One of the first places I would travel to in a time machine is Earth's distant past. For the stars and enormous trees and to unravel the mysteries of early civilizations.
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These pictures were taken around 150,000 KM and the spacecraft's ultimate goal is to settle at an orbit of just 375KM where it will remain, so we should get some great pictures.

Vesta has already been imaged.

[link to en.wikipedia.org]
 Quoting: Sholomar


It was cool that DAWN got to survey Vesta, but Vesta's features are kind of dull compared to Ceres. The white spot resembles the Death Star's Death Beam Depression/Crater.

Is it possible that Ceres is a supply depot for ships transitioning from inner to outer solar system?

Might it be doppleganger storage? When the Lord arrives and resurrects all the wonderful people of Earth, the clones of the dead could be brought in from Ceres.
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Its a new day..
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Here are the latest images. Why does the clip cut before we can see the biggest white spot fully transition?

[link to www.nasa.gov]
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