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Dawn Mission

Dawn is a NASA Discovery mission that targeting Vesta and Ceres, the two most massive asteroids. It entered orbit around Vesta in July 2011, then departed a year later. It will arrive at Ceres in February 2015, making it the first probe ever to orbit two astronomical bodies other than Earth.



Asteroids February 19, 2016

Featured Images

The layered structure of Ceres

Icy Layers May 2, 2017

Diagram of the asteroid belt

Leftovers May 1, 2017

Dawn image of bright deposits on Ceres

Salty Ceres April 11, 2016

Dawn images of north pole of Ceres

Over the Top April 17, 2015

A full rotation of Ceres as seen by the Dawn mission

Final Approach March 3, 2015

Dawn image of mysterious bright spots on Ceres, February 19, 2015

Bright Mysteries February 26, 2015

Dawn image of Ceres, January 25, 2015

Getting Closer January 28, 2015

Artist's concept of water vapor around Ceres; HST image of Ceres

Watery Dwarf May 2, 2014

View of the asteroid Vesta from the Dawn spacecraft

Ready for Departure August 23, 2012

Dawn's first view of Vesta after entering orbit, July 2011

Settling In July 18, 2011

Dawn spacecraft view of asteroid Vesta shortly before entering orbit

First Stop July 15, 2011

Radio Programs

Hospitable Ceres? A surprisingly hospitable asteroid September 29, 2017

Ceres Watery features on a giant asteroid May 2, 2017

Salty Ceres The “salty” surface of an asteroid April 11, 2016