Dawn returns sharpest images of dwarf planet ceres.

NASA's spacecraft Dawn has taken some very sharp images (At a resolution of 8.5 miles (14 kilometers) per pixel) of the dwarf planet ceres. These are sharpest images ever taken of the planet to date.

These latest and closest-yet snapshots were taken from a distance of about 90,000 miles (145,000 kilometers) from the dwarf on Feb. 4, 2015.

Dawn spacecraft was launched on September 27, 2007 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station , Florida, United States. The space probe was launched to study two massive asteroid belt objects, the protoplanet vesta and dwarf planet ceres.

Dawn entered the orbit of vesta on July 16, 2011, and successfully completed its 14- month Vesta survey mission in late 2012. After completing the mission to vesta it headed towards the mysterious world ceres. Dawn was expected to arrive at Ceres on March 6, 2015.

Dawn will be the first spacecraft to visit a dwarf planet as it is expected to enter ceres orbit on March 6, 2015, 4 months prior to the arrival of new horizons at pluto.

Image credit : NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA/PSI