Dawn Spacecraft Orbits Ceres After 3.1 Billion Mile Journey

March 9, 2015 5:55 AM

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The Dawn spacecraft became the first spacecraft to achieve orbit around a dwarf planet, Ceres, when it was captured by the planet’s gravity at approximately 7:39 a.m. EST on Friday, according to a press release published by NASA on March 6, 2015.

Dwarf planets are spherically-shaped celestial bodies resembling small planets, but lacking certain technical criteria required for classification as a planet.

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