Spacecraft Dawn reaches dwarf planet Ceres after 7 years

March 7, 2015 7:47 PM

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Spacecraft Dawn reaches dwarf planet Ceres after 7 years

"NASA's Dawn spacecraft has become the first mission to achieve orbit around a dwarf planet. The spacecraft was approximately 38,000 miles (61,000 kilometers) from Ceres when it was captured by the dwarf planet's gravity," the space agency said in a statement.

Beyond being the first to orbit a dwarf planet, the spacecraft is also the first to orbit two extraterrestrial targets, NASA stated. It also orbited the giant asteroid Vesta, in the space between Mars and Jupiter, from 2011 to 2012.

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