Sunday is my birthday, and NASA kindly decided to give me a whole asteroid. I got to write about it for The Daily Beast. 197 more words
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Ceres has now been orbited
Today March, 6 NASA’s Dawn has finally completed its historic mission and entered Ceres’ orbit after 7.5 year of travel. The first space mission to have reached not one but two previously unexplored (dwarf) planets, Dawn has previously studied Ceres’ twin Vesta in 2011 and 2012 before moving on to its next target, the biggest celestial body on the asteroid belt. 280 more words
PASADENA (CBSLA.com) — A Jet Propulsion Laboratory-managed spacecraft made history Friday as the first mission to achieve orbit around a dwarf planet.
The ion-powered Dawn spacecraft was captured by the gravitational pull of Ceres – located between Mars and Jupiter – at 4:30 a.m., according to JPL. 287 more words
LOS ANGELES (AP) — After a nearly eight-year journey, a NASA spacecraft on Friday flawlessly slipped into orbit around Ceres in the first visit to a dwarf planet. 538 more words