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Nasa Spacecraft to Enter Large Asteroid's Orbit on July 15

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Asteroid Vesta

The spacecraft obtained this image of the giant asteroid Vesta with its framing camera on July 9, 2011 from a distance of about 26,000 miles (41,000 kilometers) from Vesta.

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On July 15, NASA's Dawn spacecraft will begin a prolonged encounter with the asteroid Vesta, making the mission the first to enter orbit around a main-belt asteroid.

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