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The not-planets

Emily Lakdawalla • July 14, 2015 • 38

Now that I have a reasonable-resolution global color view of Pluto, I can drop it into one of my trademark scale image montages, to show you how it fits in with the rest of the similar-sized worlds in the solar system: the major moons and the biggest asteroids.

Three mission updates: Trouble for Dawn at Ceres; A new plan for Juno; OSIRIS-REx coming together

Emily Lakdawalla • July 09, 2015 • 6

With all the focus on Pluto it's hard to keep up with all the other space missions currently exploring other planets. Here are brief updates on three of them.

Dawn Journal: Ceres' Intriguing Geology

Marc Rayman • June 30, 2015 • 10

Dawn is continuing to unveil a Ceres of mysteries at the first dwarf planet discovered. Mission Director Marc Rayman gives us an update.

Dawn Journal: Spiralling Closer to Ceres

Marc Rayman • May 29, 2015 • 6

Dawn's Chief Engineer and Mission Director Marc Rayman gives an update as the spacecraft's orbit takes it even closer to the dwarf planet Ceres.

Tons of fun with the latest Ceres image releases from Dawn

Emily Lakdawalla • May 22, 2015 • 20

Fantastic new images of Ceres continue to spill out of the Dawn mission, and armchair scientists all over the world are zooming into them, exploring them, and trying to solve the puzzles that they contain.

Two Months from Pluto!

Paul Schenk • May 19, 2015 • 5

Two months. Eight and half weeks. 58 days. It's a concept almost too difficult to grasp: we are on Pluto's doorstep.

A week's worth of "RC3" images from Dawn at Ceres

Emily Lakdawalla • May 05, 2015 • 1

Now that Dawn is in its science orbit at Ceres, the mission has been releasing new images every weekday!

Dawn Journal: Getting Down to Science at Ceres

Marc Rayman • May 01, 2015 • 14

Dawn Mission Director and Chief Engineer Marc Rayman gives a status update on the mission, having finally arrived at dwarf planet Ceres.

New views of three worlds: Ceres, Pluto, and Charon

Emily Lakdawalla • April 16, 2015 • 7

New Horizons took its first color photo of Pluto and Charon, while Dawn obtained a 20-frame animation looking down on the north pole of a crescent Ceres.

Dawn Journal: Preparing to Photograph Ceres

Marc Rayman • April 01, 2015 • 11

Dawn's Chief Engineer and Mission Director, Marc Rayman, explains why we haven't seen any new images of Ceres—and when we can expect them.

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