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Hello Ceres! NASA spacecraft is about to arrive at the dwarf planet
Hello Ceres! NASA spacecraft is about to arrive at the dwarf planet

NASA's Dawn spacecraft is expected to slide gently into orbit around Ceres on Friday, making it the first space mission to officially visit a dwarf planet. Ceres is the largest object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter and the second and final stop on Dawn's journey in the solar system. The 4.5-foot long spacecraft blasted off from Earth in 2007 and spent 14 months exploring the mega-asteroid Vesta in 2011 and 2012. It is scheduled to stay at Ceres through June 2016. The science phase of Dawn's Ceres mission won't officially get underway for a few more weeks, but since the end of January the spacecraft has been sending back early-approach images of the...

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