July 13, 2018 — Dawn Operating Smoothly in Ceres Orbit

Dawn is performing all of its assignments in its elliptical orbit, dipping down to about 22 miles (35 kilometers) above the ground every 27 hours. Here are some of the high-resolution pictures Dawn has taken.

In June, the spacecraft turned frequently between pointing its scientific instruments at the dwarf planet and pointing its main antenna to Earth. As explained in the most recent Dawn Journal, now Dawn observes Ceres at low altitude for five orbits in a row. It transmits its findings to Earth on the sixth.