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Where Is the Ice on Ceres? New NASA Dawn Findings


Path of water molecules on Ceres

This graphic shows a theoretical path of a water molecule on Ceres. Some water molecules fall into cold, dark craters called "cold traps," where very little of the ice turns into vapor, even over the course of a billion years.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA

At first glance, Ceres, the largest body in the main asteroid belt, may not look icy.

From Jet Propulsion Laboratory/NASA
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