Dawn was the first mission to two other worlds
span style=”font-weight: 400;”>Today’s Video of the Day from NASA Goddard describes the Dawn spacecraft, which was the first mission to orbit two worlds beyond our planet.
Dawn was launched more than 11 years ago to explore the two largest objects in the main asteroid belt, Ceres and Vesta.
The mission ended when all communication was lost with NASA’s Deep Space Network on October 31 and November 1. Scientists concluded that Dawn had ran out of the fuel that enabled the spacecraft to control its pointing and charging.
Dawn is now orbiting the dwarf planet Ceres, and will remain there for decades.
Video Credit: NASA Goddard