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OpNav5 images taken March 1, 2015
Mar. 6, 2015 - NASA hosts a media teleconferenceto discuss the historic arrival of the agency's Dawn spacecraft at the dwarf planet Ceres.
OpNav5 images taken March 1, 2015
Mar. 6, 2015 - NASA's Dawn spacecraft has arrived in orbit around Ceres, making it the first mission to reach a dwarf planet.
This image of Ceres taken on Feb. 19 shows that the brightest spot on Ceres has a dimmer companion, which apparently lies in the same basin
Mar. 2, 2015 - NASA's Dawn spacecraft has returned new images captured on approach to its historic orbit insertion at the dwarf planet Ceres, scheduled for Friday, March 6.
This image of Ceres taken on Feb. 19 shows that the brightest spot on Ceres has a dimmer companion, which apparently lies in the same basin
Feb. 25, 2015 - This image of Ceres taken on Feb. 19 shows that the brightest spot on Ceres has a dimmer companion, which apparently lies in the same basin.
These two views of Ceres were acquired by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on Feb. 12, 2015
Feb. 24, 2015 - NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory will host a briefing at 9 a.m. PST (noon EST) Monday, March 2, to discuss the March 6 arrival of the Dawn spacecraft at the dwarf planet Ceres.
These two views of Ceres were acquired by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on Feb. 12, 2015
Feb. 17, 2015 - Craters and mysterious bright spots are beginning to pop out in the latest images of Ceres from NASA's Dawn spacecraft.
Animated gif of Ceres
Feb. 05, 2015 - NASA's Dawn spacecraft, on approach to dwarf planet Ceres, has acquired its latest and closest-yet snapshot of this mysterious world.
Animated gif of Ceres
Jan. 27, 2015 - NASA's Dawn spacecraft has returned the sharpest images ever seen of the dwarf planet Ceres.
Animated gif of Ceres
Jan. 21, 2015 - Protoplanet Vesta, visited by NASA's Dawn spacecraft from 2011 to 2013, was once thought to be completely dry, incapable of retaining water because of the low temperatures and pressures at its surface.
Animated gif of Ceres
Jan. 19, 2015 - As NASA's Dawn spacecraft closes in on Ceres, new images show the dwarf planet at 27 pixels across, about three times better than the calibration images taken in early December.
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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 2015.
First Dawn spacecraft image of dwarf planet Ceres
The Dawn spacecraft has delivered a glimpse of Ceres, the largest body in the main asteroid belt, in a new image taken 740,000 miles (1.2 million kilometers) from the dwarf planet.
Variations in the surface composition in and around the crater Numisia
Dec 11, 2014 - As of right now, the Hubble Space Telescope has the highest resolution image of Ceres, but that's all about to change...
Keri Bean talking to interested Dawn fans at JPL Open House 2014
Oct. 11-12, 2014 Pasadena, CA-- The event, themed “Welcome to Our Universe,” took 45,716 visitors on a “ride” through the wonders of space. At the Dawn mission booth, the crowd was wowed by a replica of the Dawn spacecraft, 3-D Vesta printouts, a spinning globe showing the varying thermo areas of Vesta, a real ion engine, and beautiful displays featuring information about NASA Dawn’s journey to asteroids Vesta and Ceres.
Kristina Larson at Oct. 6 G+ Hangout
Oct. 6, 2014 - G+ Hangout-- Test, test, and re-test. That’s Dawn's motto—and a requirement for all missions flown by NASA. Spacecraft go through extensive planning and testing before launch and throughout flight. When a spacecraft is hundreds of millions of miles from Earth, how do they manage it?
Variations in the surface composition in and around the crater Numisia
Sept. 16- Pasadena, CA News Release -- The Dawn spacecraft has resumed normal ion thrusting after the thrusting unexpectedly stopped and the spacecraft entered safe mode on September 11.
Variations in the surface composition in and around the crater Numisia
Aug 15, 2014 - Max Planck News Release -- With Deputy Mission Manager, Tim Weise at the helm, meet other flight team members and find out just what goes into driving the Dawn spacecraft.
CarlePieters
Aug. 4, 2014 - Carle Pieters, professor in the Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences and co-investigator on NASA’s Dawn mission, has been awarded the Medal of International Cooperation by COSPAR, an organization that promotes international research in space.
Variations in the surface composition in and around the crater Numisia
July 2, 2014 - Max Planck News Release -- Rocks are silent storytellers: because each mineral is created only under certain conditions, they provide insight into the evolution of the body on which they are found.
Using the Clementine color ratios, the difference in the amount of reflected red or blue light is made more obvious on model of Vesta
May 23, 2014 - Dawn spent a productive fourteen months orbiting its first destination, giant asteroid Vesta, in 2011-12, gathering splendid sets of data. The spacecraft may have moved on, but the science team continues to explore that data, enriching our understanding of Vesta's formation and history.
Flight Team for NASA's Dawn Mission
March 26, 2014

The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum Trophy for 2014 was awarded in the Current Achievement category to the Dawn Flight Team. They were presented their awards March 26 at a black-tie dinner in Washington, D.C.

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Artist rendition of dwarf planet Ceres depicting a thin water vapor atmosphere
January 22, 2014 - Herschel News Release -- Scientists using the Herschel space observatory have made the first definitive detection of water vapor on the largest and roundest object in the asteroid belt, Ceres.


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