Friday, March 6, 2015

Off Topic Friday: NASA's Dawn Spacecraft Enters Orbit Around Ceres Later Today. . .

Okay -- you know I have to break off topic, here on a Friday morning to ask. . . what are those two glowing, and iridescent disks in the larger northern craters -- on Ceres? What in heaven's name would shine. . . like that?

From NASA, then -- an astrological mystery:

. . . .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.

"Dawn is about to make history," said Robert Mase, project manager for the Dawn mission at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. "Our team is ready and eager to find out what Ceres has in store for us." Recent images show numerous craters and unusual bright spots that scientists believe tell how Ceres, the first object discovered in our solar system’s asteroid belt, formed and whether its surface is changing. As the spacecraft spirals into closer and closer orbits around the dwarf planet, researchers will be looking for signs that these strange features are changing, which would suggest current geological activity. . . .

As I've long held -- big science equals. . . big fun!

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