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What's Up - February 2015
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What's Up Blog: Thoughts about our solar system by Jane Houston Jones
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Dawn
NASA Spacecraft Nears Historic Dwarf Planet Arrival   1 Mar 2015
NASA's Dawn spacecraft has returned new images captured on approach to its historic orbit insertion at the dwarf planet Ceres. Dawn will be the first mission to successfully visit a dwarf planet when it enters orbit around Ceres on Friday, March 6. Read More
Dawn
'Bright Spot' on Ceres Has Dimmer Companion   25 Feb 2015
Dwarf planet Ceres continues to puzzle scientists as NASA's Dawn spacecraft gets closer to being captured into orbit around the object. Read More
New Horizons
85 Years after Pluto's Discovery, NASA's New Horizons Spots Small Moons Orbiting Pluto   18 Feb 2015
Exactly 85 years after Clyde Tombaugh's historic discovery of Pluto, the NASA spacecraft set to encounter the icy dwarf planet this summer is providing its first views of the small moons orbiting Pluto. Read More
Dawn
Dawn Captures Sharper Images of Ceres   17 Feb 2015
Craters and mysterious bright spots are beginning to pop out in the latest images of Ceres from NASA's Dawn spacecraft. These images, taken Feb. 12 at a distance of 52,000 miles (83,000 kilometers) from the dwarf planet, pose intriguing questions. Read More
Calendars: Solar System Launches & Events
02 Mar 2015 50th Anniversary, Surveyor Model SD-1: Launch
04 Mar 2015 10th Anniversary, Rosetta: 1st Earth Gravity Assist
06 Mar 2015 Dawn: Ceres Arrival
11 Mar 2015 55th Anniversary, Pioneer 5: Launch
12 Mar 2015 50th Anniversary, Kosmos 60: Launch
13 Mar 2015 20th Anniversary, Ulysses: 1st Ecliptic Crossing
16 Mar 2015 40th Anniversary, Mariner 10: Mercury Flyby 3
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