Dawn was NASA’s first truly interplanetary spaceship. The mission featured extended stays at two very different extraterrestrial bodies: giant asteroid Vesta and dwarf planet Ceres. Both small worlds reside in the debris-strewn main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.
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Sept. 27, 2007
Vesta and Ceres
Dawn was the first spacecraft to orbit two extraterrestrial destinations – the protoplanet Vesta and the dwarf planet Ceres, both in the asteroid belt beyond Mars.