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What Will Dawn Find At Ceres?

The Dawn spacecraft has left Vesta and is currently on its way to Ceres, which it should reach in 2015. Image Credit: NASA

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft was launched September 27, 2007, on a unique  mission: to explore the two most massive objects in the asteroid belt, Vesta and Ceres. Propelled by an ion engine, [...]

Mystery Gullies Discovered on Asteroid Vesta

Gullies in the crater Cornelia on Vesta. Image Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech / UCLA/MPS / DLR / IDA

The Dawn spacecraft left behind the giant asteroid Vesta last September, and is now en route to the even bigger dwarf planet Ceres, but scientists are still busy studying all of the data that was sent [...]

NASA’s Dawn Spacecraft Sets Sail for Ceres

Video courtesy of NASA 

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft left the massive asteroid Vesta for its next destination – the dwarf planet Ceres. Dawn is unique in that it can break orbit from one celestial body and head to another destination. Dawn left Vesta on Sept. 5 at 2:26 a.m. EDT. 

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Dawn's Vesta Departure Delayed

The Dawn spacecraft, which is currently orbiting the large asteroid Vesta, has had issues with its reaction wheel crop up. This will cause its departure from the tiny world to be delayed. Image Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech/UCLA/McREL

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft will be staying at the large asteroid Vesta a little longer than originally planned. [...]

Colors of the Rainbow: NASA Video Brings Vesta to Life

A new NASA video tells the story of the composition of the dwarf-planet Vesta – in colors. Photo Credit: NASA/ JPL-Caltech/ UCLA/ MPS/ DLR/ IDA/ PSI

NASA has released a video that paints the surface of the dwarf planet Vesta in the colors of the rainbow. These false-color images allow viewers to better understand [...]

Vesta: Small World, Big Surprises

The south pole of Vesta as seen by the framing camera on NASA's Dawn spacecraft. Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA

In 2007, NASA launched the Dawn spacecraft towards the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter to study the asteroid Vesta and the dwarf planet Ceres. Dawn arrived at the former target last July and has [...]

Dawn Reveals More Secrets About Giant Asteroid Vesta

Composite images from the framing camera aboard NASA’s Dawn spacecraft show three views of a terrain with ridges and grooves near Aquilia crater in the southern hemisphere of the giant asteroid Vesta. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA

Composite images from the framing camera aboard NASA’s Dawn spacecraft show three views of a terrain with ridges and grooves near Aquilia crater in the southern hemisphere of the giant asteroid Vesta. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft, which has been exploring the 330-mile wide asteroid Vesta since 2011, is continuing to reveal new [...]

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex’s ‘Then & Now’ Tour

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla – Bill Blakeney knows a thing-or-two about the history of Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. As a “communicator” with the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex – he has to. Blakeney is one of the tour guides that work to inform the 1.2 million guests that visit [...]

Dawn Obtains First Low Altitude Images of Vesta

 

NASA's Dawn spacecraft has spiraled closer and closer to the surface of the giant asteroid Vesta. These images were obtained by Dawn's framing camera in the three phases of its campaign since arriving at Vesta in mid-2011. Photo Credit:NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA

PASADENA, Calif. – NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has sent back the first images of the [...]

NASA Scored Big in 2011 – Poised for Historic Mars Exploration in 2012

“MSL is very, very complicated,” says Rob Manning Curiosity chief engineer. “It is almost hard to imagine how complex it is,” he says in this video, shot to convey the extraordinary NASA and contractor technology and testing that has gone into the MSL program.  JPL video.

Diverse lunar and planetary exploration in 2011 by [...]