NASA – Dawn spacecraft after journey of 3.1 billion miles and a total of 7.5 years has now gone to the records as it becomes the first spacecraft that has been able to achieve orbit around the dwarf planet Ceres, first discovered in year 1801 by astronomers.
Ceres was captured when it was 38,000 miles away and it was put into a stable orbit. Slightly after a signal was received that the spacecraft had found its way into the orbit and all was functioning as expected. However the images of the dwarf planet from Dawn are said not be clear since they were taken from the shadow side of the planet.
However, it is believed that the images will be of a better show once Dawn resurfaces from the dark side. And with time better images will be delivered as closer moves pass towards Ceres. Chris Russell, the principal investigator of the Dawn mission says they are excited by this achievement. It would not have come at a better time than this period.
Dawn Spacecraft launched its studies in the year 2007. Its mission was to study the larger objects within asteroid belt. Those are the objects that are thought to have been generated in the early years of the solar system. It is said that dust turned to small bodies of material in the early years of the solar system. With time these small bodies would turn into larger materials.
The process would continue until a time when these body materials would become planets. However, the process would get interrupted by the gravitational tug of Jupiter within the region of the asteroid belt. It on this discovery that scientist thought of visiting the region to learn and ascertain more of the conditions within the early solar system. Never the less Ceres has been compared to many other moons.