This animation shows the north pole of dwarf planet Ceres as seen by the Dawn spacecraft on April Dawn was at a distance of miles kilometres) when its framing camera took these images. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA
Dawn spacecraft arrives at Ceres! The Dawn spacecraft has made history. It has become the first mission to visit a dwarf planet when it successfully slipped into Ceres’ orbit this morning. 3/6/15 Ceres is seen from NASA's Dawn spacecraft on March 1, just a few days before the mission achieved orbit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA
NASA’s Dawn probe has left the asteroid Vesta to begin a new journey to the dwarf planet Ceres. While Vesta is still classified as an asteroid, many astronomers consider it bordering on dwarf planet status.
NASA's Dawn spacecraft, which has scudded smoothly through the solar system for 7-1/2 years on its enormous wing-like solar panels. On Friday at roughly 7:20 a.m. ET, it will slip into orbit around a mini-planet named Ceres, which lies in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.