Destination Dwarf Planet: The Dawn Mission Nears Ceres

HD - NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory show

Summary: On March 6, the Dawn spacecraft will slip into orbit around Ceres, a dwarf planet located in the main asteroid belt. This mission marks the first time a dwarf planet has been visited by a spacecraft and scientists are eager to see its surface in detail. Ceres gets its name from the ancient Roman goddess of agriculture and grain crops.