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What are those bright spots? As Dawn nears Ceres, mystery remains
What are those bright spots? As Dawn nears Ceres, mystery remains

As NASA’s Dawn spacecraft gets ready to enter orbit around Ceres -- the first dwarf planet  visited by a satellite -- mission scientists are using new images to try to understand strange and surprising features on its icy surface. Dawn will enter orbit on March 6 studying the surface of the dwarf planet in detail in a series of orbits scheduled through June 2016. Dawn will offer unprecedented insight into Ceres’ evolution, its surface features, its mineralogy and composition -- as well as whether the surface is active today. At 590 miles across, Ceres is one of five dwarf planets and the largest member of the asteroid belt, which stretches between the orbits of Mars...

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