NASA's Dawn Spacecraft Snaps Ceres' Portrait From 90,000 Miles Away

February 5, 2015 9:20 PM

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NASA's Dawn Spacecraft Snaps Ceres' Portrait From 90,000 Miles Away

As NASA's Dawn spacecraft gets closer to Ceres, expect even more detailed images of the dwarf planet. The space agency has released a new image of Ceres taken by Dawn from 90,000 miles away. The spacecraft is traveling around 231 mph and is expected to reach the dwarf planet in March.

Ceres may be classified as a dwarf planet, but it's the largest object in the asteroid belt between Jupiter and Mars. While it is relatively small, measuring 590 miles in diameter, it's of great scientific interest for NASA. Ceres could contain water under its icy surface and shares some traits with...

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