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Dawn Spacecraft Nears Rendezvous With Dwarf Planet Ceres

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft is set to reach the dwarf planet Ceres in March and begin gathering clues about whether the icy body may have once had conditions conducive to supporting life. Dawn left Earth more than seven years ago, on a course to explore two alien worlds in the solar system: Ceres and Vesta, both in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. “This is the first time in more than 57 years of space exploration that we have a spacecraft targeted to orbit any two...

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