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Rendezvous with a Protoplanet: NASA’s DAWN and Vesta

Vesta - Asteroid and Protoplanet

Did you know that on September 27, 2007, NASA launched a mission to rendezvous with a protoplanet?  Well, here it is almost four years later and NASA reported that the DAWN probe successfully entered into orbit around Vesta on July 15, 2011.  We are just beginning to see the first images of Vesta, an object in the asteroid belt which is DAWN’s first stop in it’s ten year mission. 

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