NASA Dawn spacecraft nears Ceres orbital insertion

March 3, 2015 1:55 PM

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NASA Dawn spacecraft nears Ceres orbital insertion

NASA has announced that the Dawn spacecraft is nearing orbital insertion around the dwarf planet Ceres. The Dawn mission will be the first mission to successfully visit a dwarf planet when it enters orbit around Ceres on March 6. As the spacecraft gets ready to enter orbit and gets closer to the surface of Ceres, the probe is sending back detailed images.

The images have shown scientists that Ceres has numerous craters and bright spots that scientists believe offers hints at how Ceres was formed and whether its surface is changing. Ceres was the first object discovered in the asteroid belt in our solar system.

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