Saturday, July 02, 2011

TWO WEEKS FROM TODAY, the Dawn spacecraft is set to enter orbit around asteroid Vesta...after a 3-plus year journey through space. The photo below was taken by the probe on June 24, when Dawn was only 95,000 miles (152,000 kilometers) away from the protoplanet. Can’t wait for July 16! (Even though Dawn won’t officially begin science operations at Vesta till early August.)

An image of asteroid Vesta that was taken by the Dawn spacecraft on June 24, 2011.
NASA / JPL - Caltech / UCLA / MPS / DLR / IDA

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