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NASA’s Dawn spacecraft to befriend dwarf planet Ceres: 5 days to go

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft to befriend dwarf planet Ceres: 5 days to go

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft to befriend dwarf planet Ceres: 5 days to go

This is an exciting time for many space watchers. Dwarf planet Ceres is going to be seen from very close quarters by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft. It has already taken pictures of the unknown dwarf planet from just around 29,000 miles.

Now there are reports that the Dawn spaceship is all set to approach the largest object in the asteroid belt located between Mars and Jupiter.

Come March 7 and the spaceship will enter into the orbit of the dwarf planet that is around 590 miles in diameter.

ceres dwarf planetThe spaceship has been in a continuous journey for around eight years now. Earlier the spaceship actually saw another important celestial object asteroid Vesta from very close quarters.

Meanwhile the spaceship has been taking pictures of the Ceres dwarf planet, enriching our knowledge of this little known planet. The spaceship was launched in the year 2007. NASA says that the spaceship is powered by ion propulsion.

Earlier in the course of its journey Dawn actually analyzed Vesta, the second massive object in the asteroid belt, from 2011 to 2012 and beamed back more than 30,000 images.

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