|A mission to the asteroid belt|
September 27, 2007, 7:34 a.m
1,250 kg (2,756 lb)
Dawn is a spacecraft made by JPL. I'ts mission is to explore the two biggest object is the asteroid belt: the asteroid Vesta and the dwarf planet Ceres. First Vesta will be visited in 2011 till 2012 and Ceres in 2015 Non of the two bodies have been visited before.
It is launched on 27 September 2007 and it made it's first flyby on 17 February 2009, at Mars. The spacecraft used Mars' gravity to 'slingshot' himself into deeper space.
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main article: Gallery of Dawn