In June 6th, the dawn probe swept through the ground only 22 miles (35 kilometers) from the ground, and directed the camera to a bright area called Cerealia Facula near the center of the crater.
The bright sediments are made up of sodium carbonate. Scientists want to know how Cerealia Facula is formed, which indicates that the sediments "either come from shallow layers of water containing minerals, underground reservoirs, or from a deeper salt water source (liquid water rich in salt) and permeate up through cracks."
The Max Planck Solar Systems Institute also released an image showing landslide activity on the northern edge of the Occator crater. NASA said the landslide on Ceres was similar to that seen on Earth. The Max Planck Solar Systems Institute notes: "there are clear signs that materials have recently moved on slopes; "NASA hopes that the data and close-up images collected by Dawn in its new orbit will provide some insight into these fascinating terrain.