NASA's Dawn makes final approach to Ceres: first close-up look at dwarf planet (+video)

January 21, 2015 1:02 AM

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The 590-mile-wide ball of ice and rock dubbed Ceres is looking better and better as NASA's Dawn spacecraft makes its final approach to the dwarf planet.

NASA has just released the latest images of the one-time asteroid, now dwarf planet, taken Jan. 13. The flip-book collection shows a rotating ball not quite in focus, but with enough detail to tantalize mission scientists.

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