NASA Spacecraft Gets Breathtakingly Close to Dwarf Planet

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NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has entered its nearest orbit ever to the dwarf planet Ceres, an icy body in the asteroid belt left over from the formation of the solar system. And Dawn is already turning up stunning results.

The latest images sent back by the spacecraft were captured just 22 miles above a site called Occator Crater. Before June, Dawn was orbiting hundreds of miles over the surface.

This bright region first stood out to astronomers when Dawn arrived at Ceres in 2015. While much of

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