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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 [...]

Dawn Finds Hydrated Minerals on Surface of Vesta

Computer-generated graphic of NASA’s Dawn spacecraft in orbit around the asteroid Vesta. Image Credit: NASA/Caltech

Two weeks after leaving asteroid Vesta behind, NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has revealed the presence of hydrated minerals on the surface of the tiny, pockmarked world. Although the space agency has been quick to stress that Dawn did not find [...]

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 [...]

NASA Dawn’s Star Trek Adventure at Vesta

The Starship Enterprise of television and movie fame is the fictional analog to the real life NASA Dawn spacecraft in orbit around the protoplanet Vesta and about to head for Ceres.

In the classic television series “Star Trek” the star ship Enterprise powered by blue light beams, speeds from planet to planet orbiting different [...]