At last! NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has begun to orbit around Ceres. The space probe entered Ceres’s orbit at 7:39 am EST. However, the ground station received an entrance confirmation signal about an hour later. Currently, the spacecraft is in the dark side of the planet and orbiting with an altitude of approximately 38,000 miles. NASA’s spacecraft will not snap new images till the beginning of May. Dawn and Ceres are nearly 498 million kilometers away from the Earth.
Space exploration this year has been very exciting. Not having lived during the time of the first moon landing, I can imagine that what we are currently learning now has a similar novelty and mystery.