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Ready For Your Closeup, Ceres? NASA Spacecraft Gets Closer To Dwarf Planet

by Elizabeth Howell December 4, 2013

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter The next few years will be banner ones for learning about dwarf planets. While the high-profile New Horizons spacecraft zooms towards a Pluto date in 2015, the Dawn spacecraft is making a more stealthy (in terms of media coverage) run at […]

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NASA: Reaches for New Heights – Greatest Hits Video

by Ken Kremer January 25, 2013

Video Caption: At NASA, we’ve been a little busy: landing on Mars, developing new human spacecraft, going to the space station, working with commercial partners, observing the Earth and the Sun, exploring our solar system and understanding our universe. And that’s not even everything.Credit: NASA Check out this cool action packed video titled “NASA: Reaching […]

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Dawn’s Vestan Endeavour Exceptionally Exciting near End of Year-Long Super Science Survey

by Ken Kremer July 12, 2012

Image Caption: Divalia Fossa equatorial trough at Vesta pictured in side by side images showing apparent brightness and topography. The trough encircles most of Vesta and is located just south of the equator. It is about 10 kilometers (6 miles) wide. Rubria and Occia craters straddle Divalia Fossa. The image was snapped on Oct 16, […]

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Dawn gets Big Science Boost at Best Vesta Mapping Altitude

by Ken Kremer March 7, 2012

NASA’s Dawn mission is getting a whopping boost in science observing time at the closest orbit around Asteroid Vesta as the probe passes the midway point of its 1 year long survey of the colossal space rock. And the team informs Universe Today that the data so far have surpassed all expectations and they are […]

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Asteroid Vesta Floats in Space in High Resolution 3-D

by Ken Kremer February 6, 2012

The giant Asteroid Vesta literally floats in space in a new high resolution 3-D image of the battered bodies Eastern Hemisphere taken by NASA’s Dawn Asteroid Orbiter. Haul out your red-cyan 3-D anaglyph glasses and lets go whirling around Vesta and sledding down mountains to greet the alien Snowman! The sights are fabulous ! The […]

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