NASA Spacecraft Nears Encounter With Dwarf Planet Ceres

March 5, 2015 4:18 AM

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NASA Spacecraft Nears Encounter With Dwarf Planet Ceres

Miami: A NASA spacecraft called Dawn is about to become the first mission to orbit a dwarf planet when it slips into orbit on Friday around Ceres, the most massive body in the asteroid belt.

The mission aims to shed light on the origins of the solar system 4.5 billion years ago, from its "rough and tumble environment of the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter," said mission director Marc Rayman of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).

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