Dwarf planet Ceres is an ‘ocean world,’ NASA finds

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Ceres, the largest object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, is an “ocean world” with a big reservoir of salty water under its frigid surface, scientists said in findings that raise interest in this dwarf planet as a possible outpost for life. Research published Monday based on data obtained by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft, which flew as close as 35 kilometres from the surface in 2018, provides a new understanding of Ceres, including evidence indicating it remains geologically active with cryovolcanism — volcanoes oozing icy material.

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