NASA's Dawn spacecraft has become the first mission to achieve orbit around a dwarf planet. The spacecraft was approximately 38,000 miles (61,000) kilometers from Ceres when it was captured by the dwarf planet's gravity at about 4:39 a.m. PST (7:39 a.m. EST) Friday.
Friday, NASA's Dawn spacecraft became the first space probe in history to ever reach a dwarf planet. Since it was launched in 2007, Dawn has been accelerating through space and on Friday morning at 9:39 am ET, NASA confirmed that the spacecraft had reached its final: the dwarf planet Ceres. Show More Summary
Mars once had an ocean that held more water than the Earth’s Arctic Ocean, but lost most of that water to space says new research by NASA. The NASA researchers believe Northern plains of the Martian surface are a likely candidate for the location of the ancient ocean which would have covered 19 percent of […]
NASA has confirmed that its Dawn spacecraft entered the orbit of the dwarf planet Ceres Friday morning, making history twice over. The spacecraft isn't just the first object to visit a dwarf planet (and one of the last truly unexplored bodies in the solar system). Dawn is also the first spacecraft to orbit two different alien bodies during its mission.Read full article >>
Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have, for the first time, spotted four images of a distant exploding star. The images are arranged in a cross-shaped pattern by the powerful gravity of a foreground galaxy embedded in a massive...
Larry Lebofsky has always been fascinated with Ceres, the biggest object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Even the license plate on his 2005 Toyota Matrix reads “1CERES.” In the late 1970s, the planetary scientist madeShow More Summary
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Dawn spacecraft arrives at mini-planet after 7 1/2- year journey.
The largest object in the Main Asteroid Belt between Mars and Jupiter is Ceres, an odd, water-rich proto-planet roughly the size of Texas (590 miles in diameter). Scientists have long puzzled about the origin of the bright white spot near the equator...
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.
Dwarf planets have recently become a key focus of exploration
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The largest celestial body in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter welcomes its first visitor Friday. NASA's Dawn spacecraft was due to slip into orbit around Ceres for the first exploration of a dwarf planet. Show More Summary
On Friday morning, NASA's Dawn mission will arrive at the dwarf planet Ceres. NPR's Geoff Brumfiel reports on the end of an odyssey to explore an odd, in-between world.
A vast, ancient ocean reaching depths of more than one mile may have once occupied close to half of Mars' northern hemisphere, NASA scientists reported today. Read more...
A huge primitive ocean covered one-fifth of the red planet’s surface, making it warm, wet and ideal for alien life to gain a foothold, scientists say...
Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com – @BednarChuck Science fiction fans might remember the dual-star sunset of the first Star Wars film, and while that might seem a little exotic, NASA has reported the discovery of a planet in four-star system called 30 Ari, the second such system ever found. Originally...
NASA scientists have determined that a primitive ocean on Mars held more water than Earth's Arctic Ocean and that the Red Planet has lost 87% of that water to space. Read the rest
NASA is mulling plans to replace the International Space Station’s Zvezda propulsion module in case the Russian government makes good on its recently announced plan to abandon the orbital outpost after 2024, NASA Administrator Charles...Show More Summary
The world said goodbye to Leonard Nimoy last week, and for those who identify as serious fans of Star Trek, the loss felt unexpectedly personal. Once the news hit, social media feeds exploded with an outpouring of grief. NASA tweeted, “Many of us at NASA inspired by Star Trek. Boldly go….”...
Image Credit: NASA, Johns Hopkins Univ. APL, Arizona State U., CIW NASA' Astronomy Picture of the Day is of the Caloris basin on Mercury. Read the rest