The culmination of Dawn’s 8 year journey, probe about to enter Ceres’ orbit

March 3, 2015 10:46 AM

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As the week comes to an end, NASA’s Dawn spacecraft will begin orbiting the dwarf planet Ceres, the largest body in the Main Asteroid Belt between Mars and Jupiter.

It will mark the culmination of Dawn’s 8 year journey since it left earth in 2007, two-and-a-half years since it left Vesta, the asteroid belt’s second largest body. During the first stop of its journey at Vesta, Dawn beamed back more than 30,000 images of the rocky asteroid before heading to its fi...

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