Astronomy Article 3 - After orbiting Vesta for 7 months...

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Voyage to the Giant Asteroids – Take off! Nasa.Gov 09/27/2007 http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2007/27sep_dawn2.htm?list61925 In between mars and Jupiter lies a giant belt of asteroids representing a old story that dates back to the beginning of our milky way galaxy. Much is still unknown about our galaxy’s, past the general story is that our planets were slowly formed by a mixture of gas and dust which overtime became the solar system that we come to know today. NASA has recently launched the spacecraft Dawn to fly out to two giant asteroids Ceres and Vesta and explore them closely for the first time. Vesta is an asteroid that we hope will show signs of ancient supernovas in the birth of the solar system.
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Unformatted text preview: After orbiting Vesta for 7 months Dawn will attempt to do switch orbits onto the asteroid of Ceres this “Orbit Hopping” has never been attempted before. Dawn should arrive to Ceres by 2015 to start researching the largest comet in the belt which has a layer of ice covering it. This should give scientist insight on the effect of water has had on land formations. Vesta should give the scientist an idea of older formations in our solar system while Ceres on the other hand will tell us about what happened on later, two stories that may help give scientist a better idea of how our sola system came to be what it is today....
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