NASA’s Dawn spacecraft set out in 2007 to explore Ceres and Vesta, the two largest objects in our solar system’s asteroid belt. What has Dawn discovered so far? Judy Woodruff sits down with NewsHour’s senior online editor Jenny Marder, who recently visited the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to explore Dawn’s mission and the mysteries of Ceres. Continue reading
“As Dawn got closer to Ceres, one of the first things we saw were these bright spots. It’s impossible not to be mesmerized by these glowing beacons shining out from these unfamiliar lands ahead.” In December 2003, the Hubble Telescope … Continue reading
After spending nearly eight years floating through deep space, NASA’s Dawn spacecraft finally reached its destination Friday, a dwarf planet in the asteroid belt called Ceres. Continue reading
Science correspondent Miles O’Brien joins Judy Woodruff to discuss two space stories that center around the search for life and how it began. NASA’s Dawn spacecraft arrived in orbit around the dwarf planet Ceres, which scientists believe shows signs of life-sustaining water. Meanwhile, new research found that Mars once had enough water to cover 20 percent of the planet. Continue reading
Years into its nearly decade-long mission to survey the asteroid belt, NASA’s Dawn spacecraft traveled through deep space to better understand the dwarf planet Ceres. Now within 52,000 miles of the celestial body, Dawn’s latest images still leave scientists baffled about Ceres’ bright white spots.
Astronomers attending an international summit in Prague plan to vote next week on a new classification of Pluto-like objects that will redefine the solar system. Experts discuss the proposed solution to the long-standing debate over whether Pluto is a planet. Continue reading