After its successful launch in September, NASA reports that DAWN II is on target for its 10-year mission. Research will include the exploration of the asteroid Vesta and dwarf planet Ceres, which scientists believe were formed early in our solar system's history.
"During its nearly decade-long mission, the Dawn mission will study the asteroid Vesta and dwarf planet Ceres, celestial bodies believed to have accreted early in the history of the solar system. The mission will characterize the early solar system and the processes that dominated its formation.
During the earliest epochs of our solar system, the materials in the solar nebula varied with their distance from the sun. As this distance increased, the temperature dropped, with terrestrial bodies forming closer to the sun, and icy bodies forming farther away."
Implications - The possibility of there being more to learn about in outer space is thrilling to today's desensitized consumer, making discover a large area of interest for all.
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Vesta And Ceres
- By: Rose A. ValentaNov 4, 2007 Updated: Apr 8 2011