Ceres is the largest asteroid/dwarf planet in the asteroid belt and is a potential target for ASB to mine and explore. Ceres sits inside of the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Ceres is the 33rd largest body in our Solar System. Ceres contains one third of the mass of the asteroid belt. So understanding the makeup of Ceres we can then understand the makeup of the rest of the asteroids in the asteroid belt. In January 2014, emissions of water vapor were detected from several regions of Ceres. This was unexpected because asteroids typically do not emit vapor.
The surface of Ceres is a mixture of water ice and various hydrated minerals such as carbonates and clay. Ceres is made up of a rocky core, an icy mantle, and may contain an internal ocean of liquid water under the layer of ice. This makes Ceres a great candidate for mining because not only does in have different potential raw minerals on it but it has water that can be used to help support other mission in space that ASB, NASA or SpaceX may be doing on mars or deeper in space. Water can be consumed by astronauts or turn into fuel to power spacecraft deep in space.