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Space & Planetary Science

Prox Ops at Vesta

By Keith Cowing
July 14, 2011
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Dawn Spacecraft to Enter Orbit Around Asteroid Vesta on July 15
“On July 15, NASA’s Dawn spacecraft will begin a prolonged encounter with the asteroid Vesta, making the mission the first to enter orbit around a main-belt asteroid.
The main asteroid belt lies between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. Dawn will study Vesta for one year, and observations will help scientists understand the earliest chapter of our solar system’s history.”

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