Mysterious Dwarf Planet Ceres Gets Ready for the Spotlight

March 5, 2015 11:31 PM

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Mysterious Dwarf Planet Ceres Gets Ready for the Spotlight

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The mysterious dwarf planet Ceres is ready for its close-up.

Located in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, Ceres is the largest unexplored space rock in the inner solar system. But that distinction ends Friday, when NASA's Dawn spacecraft arrives after nearly an eight-year journey, which included a stopover at the asteroid Vesta.

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