Ceres Update: NASA still suppresses the latest images

Occator crater on Ceres seen from an altitude of 1470 km. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA

Occator crater on Ceres seen from an altitude of 1470 km. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA

Posting by P. LaViolette
January 5, 2016;

The closest image of Occator crater that NASA has released so far is that shown above which was released in July 2015; see posting: http://etheric.com/ceres-population-100000/.  NASA had claimed that by December 2015 images of Ceres would be available which would be taken from an altitude of 260 km, hence 5.6 times closer.  But no such images have been made available.  An article on Ceres and its bright spots was published last month in Nature magazine, but the magazine photo of Occator crater is of an image taken at a rather low angle of inclination and with a resolution no better than the above image; see image below.  

Figure 2a from the December 2015 Nature article showing a perspective view of the Ceres bright spots. Credit: Nature magazine 2015

Figure 2a from the December 2015 Nature article showing a perspective view of the Ceres bright spots.
Credit: Nature magazine 2015

The authors of the article attribute the bright spots to the accretion of water ice.  But whether or not that theory is correct will depend on the closer views which NASA has yet to release.  As I had predicted back in March 2015, if the close up photos show evidence of civilization NASA will likely come up with an excuse not to release them.  NASA is also known to doctor space images to omit evidence of extraterrestrial civilization.

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