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This undated image released by NASA and taken by the NASA Dawn spacecraft shows the south pole of the giant asteroid Vesta. After spending a year examining Vesta, Dawn was poised to depart and head to another asteroid Ceres, where it will arrive in 2015. (AP Photo/NASA)
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.
First Published Sep 05 2012 01:24 pm • Last Updated Sep 05 2012 01:25 pm

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.

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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.




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