Dawn captured the most detailed pictures of Ceres as it orbits from a proximity of 22 miles above the surface. The new orbit allowed the spacecraft to get a sharper image of Ceres's weird bright spots at the Occator crater.
Space July 4, 2018
Astronomers studying Ceres found out that there is a surprisingly high amount of organic material on the dwarf planet than they thought. Scientists first found organic materials on the icy, rocky world in 2017.
Space June 14, 2018
NASA will be positioning the Dawn spacecraft to take the closest pictures of the dwarf planet Ceres. This will be Dawn's closest descent to Ceres where it will also collect data on the dwarf planet.
Space June 4, 2018
Data from NASA's Dawn spacecraft suggest that dwarf planet Ceres has a cycle of condensation and sublimation. Scientists said that this process was previously seen only on comets.
Space March 15, 2018
20 years after they landed on earth, meteorite fragments studied by scientists were known to contain organic elements considered as ingredients to life. Monahans and Zag meteorites could answer questions if life existed in the early solar system.
Space January 12, 2018
NASA's Dawn spacecraft detected carbon-containing materials on Ceres similar to what may have been the building blocks for life on Earth. The organic molecules also appear to be native to this dwarf planet.
Space February 17, 2017
A new study on the dwarf planet Ceres has suggested that Ahuna Mons, the tall, icy volcano standing alone is the result of other peer volcanoes having flattened out after billions of years through a process called 'viscous relaxation.'
Space February 6, 2017
Particles from asteroid impacts that occurred millions of years ago cloak the surface of Ceres. The particles may hide the dwarf planet's true makeup.
Space January 26, 2017
With the discovery of water ice on other planetary objects, scientists are abuzz over the probability of the presence of -- and the prospect of supporting -- life beyond the boundaries of planet Earth.
Space January 15, 2017
Water on dwarf planet Ceres is frozen as ice, but the biggest asteroid in the solar system was once an ocean world. Early in its history, Ceres had water that churned and flowed, helping separate it into layers of rocks and ice.
Space December 16, 2016
Researchers at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center have spotted a potential ice volcano on the surface of the dwarf planet Ceres. The massive rupture measures at about 2.5 miles tall, which is about half the size of Mount Everest.
Space September 2, 2016
During its 4.5 billion-year history, Ceres is not immune to violent asteroid collisions. A new study suggests a strange anomaly on the dwarf planet: researchers say Ceres is missing a few large impact craters.
Space July 26, 2016
Permanently shadowed regions on dwarf planet Ceres may be frigid enough to hold debris of water ice, a new study suggests. NASA's Dawn mission has helped locate these "cold traps."
Space July 8, 2016
The Dawn spacecraft is set to remain in Ceres' orbit after plans to have the probe extend its mission to another asteroid were rejected by NASA planners. The proposed mission would have sent it to the 145 Adeona asteroid.
Space July 2, 2016
Ceres contains strange bright spots that astronomers thought they had explained. New analysis of data from the Dawn spacecraft suggests the answer may not be so simple.
Space June 30, 2016
The Dawn spacecraft at Ceres has imaged a bright crater, looking like a stop sign, on the surface of the dwarf planet. What makes this feature so unique?
Space April 20, 2016
NASA scientists unveiled images showing a detailed look of the mysterious black spots on the surface of Ceres. The images gave scientists better understanding of the evolution of the dwarf planet.
Space March 23, 2016
The dwarf planet Ceres is unlike any other body in the asteroid belt, featuring mysterious white spots. Now, astronomers have discovered these odd markings are changing - but why?
Space March 17, 2016
NASA released a new color animation of dwarf planet Ceres. The high-resolution images from the Dawn mission were enhanced to give people a vivid experience as they fly over the crater-filled planet.
Space January 30, 2016
The newest images from the Dawn spacecraft orbiting the tiny world are revealing new insights into intriguing 'bright spots.' Photos were snapped at the closest distance yet, researchers say.
Space January 14, 2016
Images of Ceres have been captured by the Dawn spacecraft orbiting just 240 miles above the tiny world. Close-up photos show craters, fissures and fractures.
Space December 24, 2015
Observations made by Dawn's Framing Camera suggest that the mysterious Ceres bright spots are primarily composed of hydrated magnesium sulfates. Also known as Epsom salt, this substance is used on Earth for treating a range of ailments.
Space December 10, 2015
Pluto tries to outshine Mars with its own ice water discovery, and NASA gives a brief rundown of how it's going to send humans up to the Red Planet.
Space October 9, 2015
NASA believes the number of mysterious bright spots reflecting back from Ceres' surface are 'a huge salt deposit' and not ice. This follows months of investigating images of the dwarf planet from the Dawn spacecraft.
Space October 2, 2015
As additional information about dwarf planet Ceres are sent back to Earth via NASA's Dawn space probe, experts become more and more baffled. With this, the space agency has announced that it now seeks public help to solve various mysteries.
Space October 1, 2015
NASA's Dawn spacecraft has taken the closest-ever images of dwarf planet Ceres, including the bright spots on the planet that have baffled scientists.
Space September 13, 2015
NASA's Dawn spacecraft snaps the best image yet of bright spots on Ceres. Scientists say they hope to have the answer of what the spots are soon.
Space September 10, 2015
A mountain first described as a 'pyramid' turns out to be more of a cone with mysterious bright streaks that have scientists puzzled. The Dawn spacecraft sends back new images of the largest body in the asteroid belt.
Space August 25, 2015
NASA released a new video offering viewers a virtual tour of the dwarf planet Ceres and its strange features including the mountain dubbed "The pyramid" and the mysterious bright spots located at the crater Occator.
Space August 8, 2015
The Dawn spacecraft has revealed Ceres in a new map and stunning images. What can we learn from this new way of examining the largest member of the asteroid belt?
Space July 31, 2015
NASA discovers a pyramid and more bright spots on Ceres as the Dawn spacecraft sends more data and images back from observing the dwarf planet.
Space June 29, 2015
The Dawn spacecraft has discovered a steep-sided mountain on the dwarf planet Ceres. Could this be a sign of extraterrestrial life or geology?
Space June 23, 2015
Ceres was found to have one, then two, mysterious white spots. Now, NASA reveals a cluster of the strange features on the dwarf planet.
Space June 11, 2015
A high resolution image of Ceres taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on June 6 shows the mysterious white spots on the dwarf planet's surface in more vivid detail but scientists remain stumped on what this feature really is.
Space June 11, 2015
A flyover video of the dwarf planet Ceres is available from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The 1:15 minute film contains images from the first mapping orbit flights, with a star background added. Here's how to watch.
Space June 8, 2015
This week in space was like the movies, at least with a Death Star-like beam inside a black hole observed by Hubble. We also cleared a path to Pluto and captured new images of Ceres.
Space May 29, 2015
A new animation of Ceres' surface, pieced together from photos by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, has helped scientists determine more about the nature of the mysterious bright spots seen on the dwarf planet's surface.
Geek May 11, 2015
The Dawn spacecraft captures images of mysterious white spots on the surface of Ceres. Dawn has been observing the dwarf planet since April 23.
Space April 28, 2015
Later this week, NASA's Dawn spacecraft will take up position in the orbit around dwarf planet Ceres. In preparation of that historical event, here are five key things you should know about that mission.
Geek April 21, 2015
If you haven't visited NASA.gov in a while, it's time to go back. The space agency has completed a major overhaul of its website, and the result is a stylish, functional Internet destination.
Internet Culture April 19, 2015
Tiny world orbiting in solar system's asteroid belt captured in dramatic new phographs from space probe Dawn. NASA predicts even better images in coming weeks as spacecraft moves into closer orbits around Ceres.
Geek April 19, 2015
The Dawn spacecraft has taken the first pictures ever of the north pole of the dwarf planet Ceres. What could this mean for the future of space exploration?
Geek April 17, 2015
The Dawn spacecraft is in orbit around Ceres, exploring that mysterious body in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. What mysteries is the mission answering - and generating - about the dwarf planet?
Space April 13, 2015
The Dawn spacecraft now obits Ceres, its second target object in the asteroid belt. Scientists hope that the spacecraft would provide answers to the mysteries surrounding the dwarf planet as well as give hints on the beginning of the solar system.
Space March 7, 2015
The dwarf planet Ceres is being visited, for the first time, by the Dawn spacecraft. What are astronomers hoping to find there?
Space March 6, 2015
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