NASA's Dawn Spacecraft Finally Orbiting the Dwarf Planet

March 7, 2015 6:51 AM

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On Friday, NASA’s Dawn Spacecraft has finally entered into orbit around Ceres. However, The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) received the orbital insertion confirmation about an hour later. The Dawn flew with a speed of 39,000 miles per hour. Presently, space probe is in Ceres’ shadow and would not capture new images till the end of April. The NASA’s spacecraft is scheduled to spend nearly 16 months on the icy surface of the planet.

On Friday, March 7 at 7:40 am EST, NASA’s Dawn spacecraft became the first spacecraft to orbit a dwarf planet. It is also the first time a spacecraft has successfully achieved orbit around two different bodies after orbiting the giant asteroid Vesta in 2011 and 2012.

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