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Dawn Nears Start of Year-Long Stay at Giant Asteroid


Vesta protplanet

Dawn obtained this image on its approach to the protoplanet Vesta, the second-most massive object in the main asteroid belt.

NASA / JPL-Caltech / UCLA/MPS / DLR/PSI

NASA's Dawn spacecraft is on track to begin the first extended visit to a large asteroid. The mission expects to go into orbit around Vesta on July 16 and begin gathering science data in early August.

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