Dawn spacecraft to get to dwarf planet by 2015
NASA mission • The spacecraft left the asteroid Vesta and is cruising toward the dwarf planet Ceres.
Published: September 5, 2012 01:24PM
Updated: September 5, 2012 01:25PM
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An undated artist rendering released by NASA shows the NASA Dawn spacecraft in orbit around the giant asteroid Vesta. After spending a year examining Vesta, Dawn is poised to depart and head to another asteroid, Ceres, where it will arrive in 2015.(AP Photo/NASA)

Los Angeles • NASA says the Dawn spacecraft is journeying to its next destination after spending a year at a giant asteroid.

The space agency said Wednesday it received a signal from the spacecraft confirming that it left the asteroid Vesta and is cruising toward the dwarf planet Ceres where it will arrive in 2015.

Launched last year, Dawn is poised to be the first spacecraft to orbit two solar system bodies.

The mission is managed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.