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
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.
On December 12, Dawn maneuvered into its closest orbit yet around giant asteroid Vesta. The spacecraft is now circling Vesta at an altitude of about 130 miles. Since NASA’s spacecraft dawn snapped into orbit around the object, it has been snapping pictures of the asteroid’s rugged surface and beaming them back to Earth. Continue reading