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Dawn probe snaps close-ups of Ceres’ white spots

The once-mysterious bright spots shining on the surface of the dwarf planet Ceres are getting their closest close-ups from NASA’s Dawn spacecraft, adding to the strangest sights of the solar system. This week, NASA released a mosaic of images captured … Continue reading

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Happy Kwanzaa from NASA – and Ceres!

Kwanzaa may be an African-American festival on Earth, but it’s also a cute little mountain on the dwarf planet Ceres – and there’s a reason for that connection to the season. Today NASA is highlighting the Cerean geological feature known as Kwanzaa … Continue reading

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Water, water everywhere on dwarf planet Ceres

Readings from instruments aboard NASA’s Dawn orbiter support the view that a treasure trove of frozen water lies just beneath the surface of the dwarf planet Ceres. Researchers reported those findings today at the American Geophysical Union’s fall meeting San Francisco, … Continue reading

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Dawn probe points to ice volcano on Ceres

Scientists say a mysterious mountain on the dwarf planet Ceres was apparently once an ice volcano, spewing salty water and mud instead of lava. They also say Ceres has patches of water ice that can be seen on or near … Continue reading

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New Horizons mission extended to Kuiper Belt

Almost a year after New Horizons’ unprecedented flyby of Pluto, NASA has given the official go-ahead for the probe to fly past another icy object in the Kuiper Belt in 2019. At the same time, the space agency decided to … Continue reading

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Ceres’ mystery spots get their close-up

The scientists behind NASA’s Dawn mission today showed off their latest, greatest pictures of the dwarf planet Ceres, including close-up views of curious bright spots on the surface. The car-sized Dawn spacecraft has been circling Ceres, the biggest mini-world in the … Continue reading

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Dawn sheds more light on Ceres’ bright spots

For years, scientists puzzled over the bright spots that shine like alien headlights from the surface of Ceres, a dwarf planet in the main asteroid belt. Scientists are leaning toward identifying them as salt deposits, and now there’s a new line … Continue reading

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