August 9, 2018 — Dawn Scrutinizing Ceres from Low Altitude

Dawn is continuing its work in the final orbit of its mission. Once every 27 hours, the spacecraft swoops down to about 22 miles (35 kilometers) above Ceres and collects valuable scientific data with a suite of sensors. You can see some of the fabulous views here.

As illustrated in the March Dawn Journal, the low point of Dawn's elliptical orbit gradually shifts south, allowing the spacecraft to investigate different areas as its mission progresses.