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Space probe Dawn approaches dwarf planet Ceres

 
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2015 9:14 am    Post subject: Space probe Dawn approaches dwarf planet Ceres Reply with quote

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A spacecraft closing in on the dwarf planet Ceres in the solar system's asteroid belt has captured tantalizing new views of the huge space rock, revealing hints of craters and other structures on the surface of this mysterious body.

NASA's Dawn spacecraft snapped the new images of Ceres, which is the largest object in the asteroid belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, on Jan. 13. Scientists unveiled the images on Monday (Jan. 19).

Dawn is rapidly approaching Ceres and is due to arrive in orbit around the dwarf planet on March 6. The images are still blurry, and are primarily for navigation purposes for Dawn, but they show hints of craters on Ceres' surface, including a mysterious white spot near the upper left, which may be light reflecting off of a crater. The photos are an early taste of the much more detailed view of Ceres that Dawn will bring in 2015.


http://www.livescience.com/49506-dwarf-planet-ceres-photos-dawn-spacecraft.html

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