Dawn spacecraft

NASA's Dawn spacecraft has returned the sharpest images ever seen of the dwarf planet Ceres.

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft catches best-ever view of dwarf planet Ceres (again)

NASA’s Dawn Spacecraft Celebrates 10 Years in Space

NASA’s Dawn Spacecraft Celebrates 10 Years in Space

How the Dawn Spacecraft Was Developed

How the Dawn Spacecraft Was Built and Developed to Explore Vesta and Ceres

NASA's Dawn spacecraft has entered an approach phase in which it will continue to close in on Ceres, a Texas-sized dwarf planet never before visited by a spacecraft. Dawn launched in 2007 and is scheduled to enter Ceres orbit in March

Pongal Catena on Ceres This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows the northeastern rim of Urvara Crater on Ceres. June 09 2017

Pongal Catena on Ceres

June 09 2017 : Pongal Catena on Ceres This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows the northeastern rim of Urvara Crater on Ceres.

A new 3D photo from NASA's Dawn spacecraft reveals a stunning glimpse inside a massive crater on the huge asteroid Vesta. #astronomy

Wired Science Space Photo of the Day Jan 2012 Vesta Crater in This composite-color view from NASA's Dawn mission shows Cornelia Crater, streaked with dark materials, on the giant asteroid Vesta.

This orthographic projection shows dwarf planet Ceres as seen by NASA's Dawn spacecraft. The projection is centered on Occator Crater, home to the brightest area on Ceres.

This orthographic projection shows dwarf planet Ceres as seen by NASA's Dawn spacecraft. The projection is centered on Occator Crater, home to the brightest area on Ceres.

This mosaic synthesizes some of the best views Dawn spacecraft had of the giant asteroid Vesta. Dawn studied Vesta from July 2011 to September 2012. The towering mountain at the south pole %u2014 more than twice the height of Mount Everest %u2014 is visible at the bottom of the image. The set of three craters known as the "snowman" can be seen at the top left.

This mosaic synthesizes some of the best views Dawn spacecraft had of the giant asteroid Vesta. Dawn studied Vesta from July 2011 to September 2012 Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCAL/MPS/DLR/IDA

Mission controllers received confirmation today that NASA's Dawn  spacecraft has escaped from the gentle gravitational grip of the giant asteroid  Vesta.

Mission controllers received confirmation today that NASA's Dawn spacecraft has escaped from the gentle gravitational grip of the giant asteroid Vesta.

This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows a young crater on Vesta that is 9 miles (15 kilometers) in diameter. Layering is visible in the crater walls, as are large boulders that were thrown out in the material ejected from the impact. This image was obtained by Dawn's framing camera image was acquired on Dec. 21, 2011.

See photos of the asteroid Vesta, one of the targets for NASA's Dawn mission. Dawn will arrive at Vesta in July

The bright spots of Occator Crater are shown in enhanced color in this view from NASA's Dawn spacecraft. Such views can be used to highlight subtle color differences on Ceres' surface.

Center of Occator Crater (Enhanced Color)

The bright spots of Occator Crater are shown in enhanced color in this view from NASA's Dawn spacecraft. Such views can be used to highlight subtle color differences on Ceres' surface.

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