August 12, 2020 Space Final results from NASA’s Dawn spacecraft suggest a brine reservoir exists within the dwarf planet, but some experts remain unconvinced Scott Hershberger November 3, 2018 Space After visiting not one but two destinations in the Asteroid Belt, the interplanetary probe at last ran out of fuel Meghan Bartels and SPACE.com March 8, 2017 Space Geologically young deposits in a crater on the dwarf planet's surface were formed by brine erupting from below Jesse Emspak and SPACE.com November 21, 2016 Space Scientists think bright spots may be briny material bubbling up into a crater Jesse Emspak and SPACE.com September 2, 2016 Space "Cryovolcanism" and other curious features mark the dwarf planet as a surprisingly active and complex world Mike Wall and SPACE.com June 29, 2016 Space New results from Dawn spacecraft fuel debate on whether the dwarf planet is a habitable oasis between Mars and Jupiter Lee Billings April 4, 2016 Space The largest and only dwarf planet in the solar system’s Asteroid Belt might harbor hidden water where life could evolve Nola Taylor Redd March 16, 2016 Space Ground-based telescopes bolster the case for hazes emanating from Ceres's mysterious bright spots Calla Cofield and SPACE.com December 9, 2015 The Sciences New findings reveal a crater’s vaporous hazes, and hint at the dwarf planet’s possible origin in the outer solar system Lee Billings September 16, 2015 Una nueva imagen capatada por la nave Dawn muestra con gran detalle las dos resplandecientes manchas blancas del planeta enano Ceres. Andrea Schneibel May 12, 2015 Space Bright spots in the latest pictures from NASA’s mission to the dwarf planet may be water ice, researchers say Lee Billings April 13, 2015 Space New data from NASA's Dawn spacecraft suggest varied origins for tantalizing gleams on the dwarf planet's surface Alexandra Witze and Nature magazine April 1, 2015 Space NASA's Dawn spacecraft has entered orbit around the dwarf planet Ceres, one of the most geologically interesting objects in the solar system March 18, 2015 Space Early data from the Dawn spacecraft could clear up a mystery about the dwarf planet Alexandra Witze and Nature magazine March 2, 2015 Space Spectacular new images are trickling in from NASA’s mission to a dwarf planet in the Asteroid Belt Lee Billings September 11, 2012 Space On September 5th NASA's Dawn spacecraft left the asteroid Vesta and set sail for the dwarf planet Ceres, where it will arrive in 2015. John Matson reports July 13, 2011 Space Mission poised to explore the Solar System's largest asteroids in detail. February 20, 2009 Space On its eight-year data gathering mission, Dawn will be the first space probe to visit and orbit two solar system bodies other than Earth Edward Bell Dawn Spacecraft Sees Spots as It Approaches Mysterious Ceres [Slide Show] Taken in 2004 by the Hubble Space Telescope, this enhanced color image was the best picture available of Ceres before Dawn’s approach to the dwarf planet. Blurry hints of Ceres’s mysterious bright spots are visible... Credit: NASA/ESA/J. Parker (SWRI), P. Thomas (Cornell U.), L. McFadden (U-Md., College Park), and M. Mutchler and Z. Levay (STScI) Dawn Spacecraft Sees Spots as It Approaches Mysterious Ceres [Slide Show] This flat map of Ceres's surface was produced from a mosaic of Dawn images taken from an altitude of 46,000 kilometers on February 19, 2015. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA Support Science Journalism
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