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Asteroid mission gets its chance

Posted September 27, 2007 8:21 AM

From BBC News | Technology | World Edition:

Nasa's Dawn space probe has begun an eight-year journey to the asteroid belt, after giving up its previous slot to a Mars probe. The US spacecraft, which will visit the small worlds of Ceres and Vesta, blasted-off at 1134 GMT (1234 BST) from the Cape Canaveral Airforce Station. Its journey of nearly five billion kilometres aims to help decipher how the Solar System formed. The asteroids are thought to be the leftovers after the planets were made. Dawn will reach Vesta in 2011 before going on to visit Ceres in 2015.

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