NASA's Dawn spacecraft moves in on dwarf planet Ceres

March 6, 2015 7:15 AM

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NASA's Dawn spacecraft moves in on dwarf planet Ceres

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The largest celestial body in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter welcomes its first visitor Friday.

NASA's Dawn spacecraft was due to slip into orbit around Ceres for the first exploration of a dwarf planet. Unlike other orbit captures that require thruster firings to slow down, the latest event is ho-hum by comparison, unfolding gradually and automatically.

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