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How Do We Colonize Ceres?

November 21, 2019

Between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter lies the Solar System’s Main Asteroid Belt. Within this region, it…
Do-It-Yourself Dwarf Planet: Exploring Ceres in Labs

March 3, 2019

Ceres, the dwarf planet between Mars and Jupiter, is a mysterious and exotic world, with its complicated history…
This artist's rendering shows NASA's Dawn spacecraft maneuvering above Ceres with its ion propulsion system. Image credit: NASA/JPL
NASA’s Dawn Mission to Asteroid Belt Comes to End

November 1, 2018

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has gone silent, ending a historic mission that studied time capsules from the solar system’s…
The Coincidence Between Two Overachieving NASA Missions

October 30, 2018

Two vastly different NASA spacecraft are about to run out of fuel: The Kepler spacecraft, which spent nine…
Ceres Rolled Over at Some Point in the Past

October 12, 2018

In 2007, the Dawn mission launched from Earth and began making its way towards two historic rendezvous in…
Ceres Takes Life an Ice Volcano at a Time

September 17, 2018

In new study by University of Arizona planetary scientists, observations prove that ice volcanoes on the dwarf planet…
Dusk for Dawn: Mission of Many Firsts to Gather More Data in Home Stretch

July 17, 2018

Pasadena Conference to Include New Insight into Dwarf Planet Ceres As NASA’s Dawn spacecraft prepares to wrap up…
Organics on Ceres may be more abundant than originally thought

June 14, 2018

Last year, scientists with NASA’s Dawn mission announced the detection of organic material — carbon-based compounds that are…
Dawn Mission: New Orbit, New Opportunities

June 1, 2018

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft is maneuvering to its lowest-ever orbit for a close-up examination of the inner solar system’s…
NASA Dawn Reveals Recent Changes in Ceres’ Surface

March 15, 2018

Observations of Ceres have detected recent variations in its surface, revealing that the only dwarf planet in the…
Bright Areas on Ceres Suggest Geologic Activity

December 13, 2017

If you could fly aboard NASA’s Dawn spacecraft, the surface of dwarf planet Ceres would generally look quite…
Dawn Explores Ceres’ Interior Evolution

November 11, 2017

Surface features on Ceres — the largest world between Mars and Jupiter — and its interior evolution have…
Dawn Finds Possible Ancient Ocean Remnants at Ceres

October 27, 2017

Minerals containing water are widespread on Ceres, suggesting the dwarf planet may have had a global ocean in…
Dawn Mission Extended at Ceres

October 20, 2017

NASA has authorized a second extension of the Dawn mission at Ceres, the largest object in the asteroid…
How a Speck of Light Becomes an Asteroid

July 1, 2017

On the first day of the year 1801, Italian astronomer Gioacchino Giuseppe Maria Ubaldo Nicolò Piazzi found a…
Movie Shows Ceres at Opposition from Sun

May 17, 2017

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft successfully observed Ceres at opposition on April 29, taking images from a position exactly between…
Dawn Observing Ceres; 3rd Reaction Wheel Malfunctions

April 27, 2017

Mission Status Report NASA’s Dawn spacecraft is preparing to observe Ceres on April 29 from an “opposition” position,…
Landslides on Ceres Reflect Ice Content

April 20, 2017

As NASA’s Dawn spacecraft continues exploring Ceres, evidence mounts that the enigmatic dwarf planet retains a significant amount…
Ceres’ Temporary Atmosphere Linked to Solar Activity

April 7, 2017

Scientists have long thought that Ceres may have a very weak, transient atmosphere, but mysteries lingered about its…
Ice in Ceres’ Shadowed Craters Linked to Tilt History

March 23, 2017

Dwarf planet Ceres may be hundreds of millions of miles from Jupiter, and even farther from Saturn, but…
Dawn Identifies Age of Ceres’ Brightest Area

March 9, 2017

The bright central area of Ceres’ Occator Crater, known as Cerealia Facula, is approximately 30 million years younger…
Dawn Discovers Evidence for Organic Material on Ceres

February 17, 2017

NASA’s Dawn mission has found evidence for organic material on Ceres, a dwarf planet and the largest body…
The Mystery of Ahuna Mons, the Lonely Ice Volcano

February 6, 2017

A recently discovered solitary ice volcano on the dwarf planet Ceres may have some hidden older siblings, say…
Don’t Judge an Asteroid by its Cover: Mid-infrared Data from SOFIA Shows Ceres’ True Composition

January 20, 2017

New observations show that Ceres, the largest body in the asteroid belt, does not appear to have the…
Where is the Ice on Ceres? New NASA Dawn Findings

December 16, 2016

At first glance, Ceres, the largest body in the main asteroid belt, may not look icy. Images from…
New Ceres Views as Dawn Moves Higher

November 19, 2016

The brightest area on Ceres stands out amid shadowy, cratered terrain in a dramatic new view from NASA’s…
NASA Discovers “Lonely Mountain” on Ceres Likely a Salty-Mud Cryovolcano

September 4, 2016

An isolated mountain near the equator of the dwarf planet Ceres resembles a volcanic dome, according to new…
Ceres’ Geological Activity, Ice Revealed in New Research

September 3, 2016

A lonely 3-mile-high (5-kilometer-high) mountain on Ceres is likely volcanic in origin, and the dwarf planet may have…
Dawn Sets Course for Higher Orbit

September 1, 2016

After studying Ceres for more than eight months from its low-altitude science orbit, NASA’s Dawn spacecraft will move…
What’s Inside Ceres? New Findings from Gravity Data

August 4, 2016

In the tens of thousands of photos returned by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft, the interior of Ceres isn’t visible.…
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