NASA’s Dawn spacecraft came out all safe and sound from the opposite side of the sun. The spacecraft is near to reach the dwarf planet, Ceres which is its next destination.
Presently, the spacecraft is around 400,000 miles far away from Ceres. It is considered as the biggest object present on the asteroid belt. It lies between the orbit of Mars and Jupiter. The Dawn spacecraft would be the first one to send images of Ceres to the Earth.
Christopher Russell, the chief investigator of Dawn mission states that the spacecraft is all set to resolve the mystery of Ceres. Thus far, no meteorites unveiled any significant information regarding its secrets. Hence, the scientists are eagerly looking forward towards the event.
Ceres is an extremely essential object to understand the formation of planetary bodies. NASA and JPL utilized ion technology for this lengthy mission. Dawn moves towards its destination with the help of electrically charged particles.
The Dawn spacecraft was launched in the month of September of 2007. The chief objectives of the spacecraft are to examine the Vesta and Cesta. Both of them are one of the huge objects located on the asteroid belt. Since then, the spacecraft accomplished several minor missions such as distant space exploration.
NASA was not wrong when it claimed that 2014 would be a remarkable year in the arena of science. The government space agency tried its best to make it the most memorable year.