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Nasa's Dawn Prepares For Trek Toward Dwarf Planet

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Dawn spacecraft at asteroid Vesta

This image of NASA's Dawn spacecraft and the giant asteroid Vesta is an artist's concept.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA's Dawn spacecraft is on track to become the first probe to orbit and study two distant destinations to help scientists answer questions about the formation of our solar system. The spacecraft is scheduled to leave the giant asteroid Vesta on Sept. 5 EDT (Sept. 4 PDT) to start its 2 1/2-year journey to the dwarf planet Ceres.

From NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory
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