Preliminary Geological Map of the Ac-H-8 Nawish Quadrangle of Ceres: An Integrated Mapping Study Using Dawn Spacecraft Data

Friday, 18 December 2015
Poster Hall (Moscone South)
Alessandro Frigeri1, Maria Cristina De Sanctis1, Filippo Giacomo Carrorro1, Eleonora Ammannito2, David A Williams3, Scott C Mest4, Debra Buczkowski5, Frank Preusker6, Ralf Jaumann7, Thomas Roatsch7, Jennifer E. C. Scully8, Carol A Raymond8 and Christopher T Russell9, (1)IAPS-INAF, Rome, Italy, (2)University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, United States, (3)Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, United States, (4)Planetary Science Institute Tucson, Tucson, AZ, United States, (5)JHU Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, MD, United States, (6)German Aerospace Center (DLR), Berlin, Germany, (7)German Aerospace Center DLR Berlin, Berlin, Germany, (8)NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, United States, (9)University of California Los Angeles, IGPP/EPSS, Los Angeles, CA, United States
Herein we present the geologic mapping of the Ac-H-8 Nawish Quadrangle of dwarf planet Ceres, produced on the basis of the Dawn spacecraft data. The Ac-H-08 Nawish quadrangle is located between -22°S and 22°N and between 144°E and 216°E.

At the north-east border, a polygonal, 75km-wide crater named Nawish gives the name to the whole quadrangle. An unamed, partially degraded, 100km-diameter crater is evident in the lower central sector of the quadrangle. Bright materials have been mapped and are associated with craters. For example, bright materials occur in the central peak region of Nawish crater and in the ejecta of an unnamed crater, which is located in the nearby quadrangle Ac-H-09. The topography of the area obtained from stereo-processing of imagery shows an highland in the middle of the quadrangle. Topography is lower in the northern and southern borders, with a altitude span of about 9500 meters.

At the time of this writing geologic mapping was performed on Framing Camera (FC) mosaics from the Approach (1.3 km/px) and Survey (415 m/px) orbits, including grayscale and color images and digital terrain models derived from stereo images. In Fall 2015 images from the High Altitude Mapping Orbit (140 m/px) will be used to refine the mapping, followed by Low Altitude Mapping Orbit (35 m/px) images in January 2016.

Support of the Dawn Instrument, Operations, and Science Teams is acknowledged. This work is supported by grants from NASA, and from the German and Italian Space Agencies.