Saturday, 7 March 2015

Dawn spacecraft reached orbit dwarf planet Ceres. It is the first in history to cut the performance - VIDEO

Dawn spacecraft NASA came dwarf planet Ceres orbit. It is located about 61,000 kilometers of Ceres when he entered the gravitational field.

The team leading the mission on Earth, in Pasadena, California, received a signal from the probe has confirmed that it works properly and entered orbit.

"Since its discovery in 1801, Ceres was known as a planet, then as an asteroid, and later as a dwarf planet," said Marc Rayman, chief engineer of the mission. "Now, after a journey of 4.9 billion kilometers and 7.5 years, Dawn called Ceres <Home>," he said.

Besides visiting the first dwarf planet, spacecraft Dawn is the first that has two missions in space. In the period 2011-2012, the giant asteroid Vesta explored it, giving researchers both indispensable information about celestial body and thousands of pictures.

Ceres and Vesta are positioned in the asteroid belt located between the planets Mars and Jupiter.

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