Sunday, July 17, 2011
Vesta is an asteroid floating through the void between Mars and Jupiter. Dawn is a NASA spacecraft which just entered orbit around the scientifically intriguing space rock. NASA was disappointed to note that Dawn failed to find the gigantic space monster reported by the crew of the Millennium Falcon, but it will gain a great deal of information anyway. After a year circling Vesta, Dawn will depart to orbit Ceres (once the largest of asteroids, now a "dwarf planet" in one of the most complex robotic missions ever undertaken. Good work, NASA!