Indeed, even with the top notch pictures of the bright lights on the planetoid Ceres, NASA is still not able to put its finger on it.
Sci-news said that the most recent pictures were taken on May 16 from a distance of 4, 500 miles or 7,200 km with a resolution of 2, 250 feet of 700 m for each pixel. The distance will be at 2,700 miles or 4,400 km from the planetoid until June 30. Afterwards it will move to lower orbits.
Scientists believe that there’s a substance found at the bottom the crater that reflects sunlight a distance. Yet it is still not clear concerning what precisely is the material and why it is just found in one specific surface of planet Ceres.
“Dawn scientists can now conclude that the intense brightness of these spots is due to the reflection of sunlight by highly reflective material on the surface, possibly ice,” stated Christopher Russell, principal investigator for the Dawn mission from the University of California, Los Angeles.
An ion propulsion system will be utilized by Dawn for its second mapping orbit at Ceres. It is expected to be put in use on June 6. The space probe has now the capacity to enter and leave the orbit of different heavenly bodies.
Science Times said that the Voyager program before have utilized customary crafts that just empowered them to cruise by. Since the 2007, NASA had the capacity visit the huge planetoid Vesta. It is at present located at a distance of 104 million miles or 168 million km away from Ceres. The space probe is currently going for a more extensive orbit, yet the following orbits will then see the probe going closer to the surface in the hope of discovering a definitive response to the enigmatic lights in Ceres.