NASA Probe Studies Dwarf Planet, Future Missions Uncertain
As a NASA probe nears the dwarf planet Ceres, the agency's ability to continue such missions under the new Congress is uncertain.By Sebastian Martinez | January 20, 2015
This is Ceres, a dwarf planet about 160 million miles from the Earth, on average, in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. (Video via NASA)
NASA's Dawn probe is currently rushing toward the dwarf planet at some 450 mph, and it took these images from a distance of 400,000 miles. (Video via NASA)
Why is NASA sending a probe to a dwarf planet in the middle of the asteroid belt? Basically, to learn more about our solar system.