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Confirmed! Dawn is orbiting asteroid Vesta

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Mission managers of NASA’s Dawn asteroid probe had a long Saturday, waiting for news from the asteroid belt. Eventually they got the news they were hoping for: Dawn had entered Vesta orbit.

This is the first time in history that an object in the asteroid belt has been orbited by an artificial satellite. In 2012, Dawn will leave Vesta to travel to a second asteroid belt destination: dwarf planet Ceres.

Full story at Discovery News.

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