NASA spacecraft orbits dwarf planet Ceres

March 9, 2015 10:30 AM

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NASA spacecraft orbits dwarf planet Ceres

NASA’s unmanned spacecraft, Dawn, entered orbit around dwarf planet Ceres on Friday. This is the first mission to visit a dwarf planet as well as the first time a spacecraft has orbited two different celestial bodies during its mission.

Dawn spent more than a year at Vesta, the largest asteroid in the belt between Mars and Jupiter, and has now reached Ceres, its final stop. Comparing the asteroid and the dwarf planet, NASA scientists will be able to gain insights about the formation of all the objects in the asteroid belt, the evol...

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