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Asteroids

The Dawn spacecraft reaches Ceres and goes into orbit on Friday, March 6. It has just returned new images of Ceres including one showing two bright spots in one crater.

General Information

Missions to Asteroids

Current and Past Missions

  • Hayabusa 2 - JAXA Sample Return Mission to Asteroid 1999 JU3 (2014)
  • PROCYON - JAXA Small Satellite Asteroid Flyby Mission (2014)
  • Dawn - NASA Orbiter of Asteroids Ceres and Vesta (2007)
  • Rosetta - ESA Comet Mission, flew by asteroids Steins and Lutetia (2004)
  • Hayabusa (Muses-C) - ISAS (Japan) Sample Return Mission to Asteroid 25143 Itokawa (2003)
  • Genesis - NASA Discovery Solar Wind Sample Return Mission (2001)
  • Stardust - NASA Comet Coma Sample Return Mission, flew by asteroid AnneFrank (1999)
  • Deep Space 1 - NASA Flyby Mission to asteroid Braille (1998)
  • Cassini - NASA/ESA Mission to Saturn through the Asteroid Belt (1997)
  • NEAR - NASA Near-Earth Asteroid Rendezvous with 433 Eros
  • Galileo - NASA Mission to Jupiter via asteroids Gaspra and Ida

Future Missions

  • OSIRIS-REx - Sample Return Mission to Asteroid Bennu (2016)

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