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2015-02-26 08:20:11

A bright spot previously detected on the dwarf planet Ceres appears to have a somewhat dimmer companion, and NASA remain unable to explain exactly what these unusual lights are.

2015-02-24 16:22:24

WASHINGTON, Feb. 24, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) will host a briefing at noon EST (9 a.m.

Dawn Ceres
2015-02-17 10:51:21

Craters and mysterious bright spots are beginning to pop out in the latest images of Ceres from NASA's Dawn spacecraft. These images, taken Feb. 12 at a distance of 52,000 miles (83,000 kilometers) from the dwarf planet, pose intriguing questions for the science team to explore as the spacecraft nears its destination.

2015-01-27 12:20:28

WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Dawn spacecraft has returned the sharpest images ever seen of the dwarf planet Ceres.

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2015-01-26 13:26:10

NASA's Dawn spacecraft is nearing Ceres, and new images show a puzzling white spot on its surface.

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2015-01-23 09:02:06

Vesta, the propoplanet visited by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft from 2011 through 2013, may have once been home to short-lived flows of water-mobilized material – a discovery which could have tremendous implications for the field of planetary science, according to the US space agency.

Ceres NASA
2015-01-20 10:38:56

New images of Ceres captured by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft during its approach to the dwarf planet are the best yet obtained by the spacecraft, and appear to show evidence of craters as well as a mysterious white spot first discovered by the Hubble Space Telescope in 2003.

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2014-12-31 08:51:49

After a journey that lasted more than seven years, NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has entered its approach phase around Ceres as it prepares to become the first spacecraft ever to visit the Texas-sized dwarf planet.

dwarf planet Ceres
2014-12-08 04:46:58

The Dawn spacecraft has delivered a glimpse of Ceres, the largest body in the main asteroid belt, in a new image taken 740,000 miles (1.2 million kilometers) from the dwarf planet. This is Dawn's best image yet of Ceres as the spacecraft makes its way toward this unexplored world.

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2014-11-18 03:30:38

Images from NASA’s Dawn Mission have been used to create a series of high-resolution geological maps of the large asteroid Vesta, revealing the variety of surface features in unprecedented detail.


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2004-10-19 04:45:44

NEAR-Shoemaker Mission -- The Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous - Shoemaker (NEAR Shoemaker), renamed after its launch in honor of Gene Shoemaker, is an unmanned spacecraft designed to study the near-Earth asteroid Eros from close orbit over a period of a year. The primary scientific objectives of NEAR were to return data on the bulk properties, composition, mineralogy, morphology, internal mass distribution and magnetic field of Eros. Secondary objectives include studies of regolith...

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