During the week the debate raged on about the white spots on Ceres. Despite appearing as lights in the photos, they are actually just bright against the background. The most likely explanation is that they are pools of ice at the bottom of the crater. Dawn has just arrived in orbit around Ceres today, so hopefully we’ll have some
Until Humans are ready to venture beyond the Moon, robots will be our eyes and ears throughout the Solar System. While it would be nice to see people out there, our fearless spacecraft, rovers and landers are doing a fantastic job. In just the past few weeks we’ve received fascinating news from the robots exploring the final frontier.
It was great to hear that Dawn successfully arrived in orbit around Vesta, however there’s one thing missing… the photos! So far, all we’ve had is a couple of blurry shots as Dawn approached Vesta, and a single shot now that it’s in orbit. According to the NASA watch, even though Dawn’s been captured by
We should hear a bit later today whether Dawn has successfully entered orbit around Vesta. The reason for the delay is that the ion engines have been in use for some time as Dawn made it’s approach to Vesta, which has resulted in the communications dish being pointed away from Earth. Continuing my personal celebration
There’s certainly a lot happening in space lately. The shuttle reitring, the Chinese talking about putting up a space station soon and Virgin Galactic’s first commercial flight getting closer. One which interests me in particular is the arrival of NASA’s Dawn probe at Vesta, the second largest asteroid in the belt. As it stands we