17 Jul '11, 3am

US spacecraft to be pulled into giant asteroid's orbit

US spacecraft to be pulled into giant asteroid's orbit

After its nearly four-year trek, Nasa engineers are expected to confirm this weekend that the US spacecraft Dawn has entered the orbit of Vesta (above), one of the largest asteroids in the solar system. -- PHOTO: AP WASHINGTON - AFTER its nearly four-year trek, Nasa engineers are expected to confirm this weekend that the US spacecraft Dawn has entered the orbit of Vesta, one of the largest asteroids in the solar system. Mission leaders estimate that Dawn was pulled into Vesta's orbit around 0500 GMT on Saturday and engineers should be able to confirm this when the space craft performs a scheduled communication pass at 0630 GMT on Sunday, according to the US space agency. Dawn should come within 16,000 kilometres of Vesta to study its surface while traveling 88 million kilometres from Earth. 'It has taken nearly four years to get to this point,' said Robert Mase, manager of...

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