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NASA’s Dawn spacecraft unlocks secrets of giant asteroid

2 years agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

After becoming the first probe to enter orbit around an object in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter in July 2011, NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has spent the last 10 months orbiting said object - the giant asteroid Vesta. During that period it has captured more than 20,000 images of Vesta and a multitude of data from different wavelengths of radiation. What it reveals is an asteroid that in many ways shares more in common with a small planet or Earth’s moon than it does with another asteroid.
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft returns close-up image of giant asteroid Vesta

Academics / General Science : Science Daily (3 years ago)

NASA's Dawn spacecraft has returned the first close-up image after beginning its orbit around the giant asteroid Vesta. On July 15, Dawn became the first probe to enter orbit around an object in the main asteroid belt between Mars a... Read Post

NASA's Dawn spacecraft sets sail for Ceres

Technology / Gadgets : Gizmag (2 years ago)

After becoming the first spacecraft to enter orbit around an object in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter in July 2011, NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has spent the last year mapping the giant asteroid Vesta. The spacecraft has... Read Post

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft becomes first probe to enter orbit around object in asteroid belt

Technology / Gadgets : Gizmag (3 years ago)

On Saturday, NASA’a Dawn spacecraft entered orbit around the asteroid Vesta, becoming the first probe ever to enter orbit around an object in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Dawn will study Vesta for a year before h... Read Post


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