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Bright Spots Remain A Mystery As 'Pyramid' Seen On Ceres

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 06.22.2015 | Science

Twinkle, twinkle little star dwarf planet, how scientists wonder what you are. The mysteries of Ceres, the largest object in our solar system's ast...

This Dwarf Planet Mystery Just Got More Mysterious

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 06.12.2015 | Science

Those weird bright spots on Ceres just got... even weirder. NASA on Wednesday released new photos of the dwarf planet, which sits between Mars and ...

Clearest Photo Ever Of Ceres' Bright Spots Still Doesn't Answer Mystery

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 05.22.2015 | Science

See spots. See spots shine. See shining spots puzzle scientists. The mystery surrounding a cluster of glowing spots on the surface of Ceres, a dwar...

NASA Probe Finally Arrives At Dwarf Planet

AP | ALICIA CHANG | Posted 05.06.2015 | Science

LOS ANGELES (AP) — After a nearly eight-year journey, a NASA spacecraft on Friday flawlessly slipped into orbit around Ceres in the first visit to a...

What Are Those Weird White Spots On Ceres?

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 02.10.2015 | Science

What are those things? Scientists have been puzzling over a set of weird white spots on Ceres ever since 2004, when the spots showed up in images c...

Dusty Dwarf Planet Is Next Stop For NASA Spacecraft

AP | ALICIA CHANG | Posted 11.05.2012 | Science

LOS ANGELES — Next and final stop: The biggest object in the asteroid belt. After spending a year gazing at a giant asteroid, NASA's Dawn space...

WATCH: Zoom Over Amazing Asteroid During Surreal Sunrise

Posted 05.15.2012 | Science

Even though NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has been orbiting the asteroid Vesta since mid-2011, the rocky world still yields surprises--from its complex geo...

Huge Asteroid's Weird Feature Explained By NASA 'Fly-by'

AP | ALICIA CHANG | Posted 05.11.2012 | Science

LOS ANGELES -- The giant asteroid Vesta got clobbered not once but twice, and it has the scars to prove it. Ever since the Hubble Space Telescope spi...

PHOTOS: Giant Space Rock Sports Bizarre Bright Spots

Posted 03.22.2012 | Science

By: Tariq Malik Published: 03/21/2012 11:16 PM EDT on SPACE.com A NASA spacecraft orbiting the huge asteroid Vesta has snapped amazing new photo...

Asteroid's Tallest Mountain Dwarfs Everest

Posted 12.05.2011 | Technology

NASA's Dawn spacecraft, currently orbiting the massive asteroid Vesta, has sent back stunning images revealing that Vesta is home to a mountain larger...

Coming Home and Going Into Orbit

Zoe P. Strassfield | Posted 11.02.2011 | College
Zoe P. Strassfield

Throughout my internship, I was excited about the Dawn probe. If everything worked out okay, Dawn would be the first spacecraft to enter orbit around one extraterrestrial world, leave it, and go into orbit around another.

NASA Probe To Circle Giant Asteroid After 4 Years In Space

AP | By ALICIA CHANG | Posted 09.14.2011 | Technology

LOS ANGELES -- After four years sailing through space, the Dawn spacecraft was expected to slip into orbit late Friday around a giant asteroid to begi...