Curiosity Snaps First Asteroid Photo from Red Planet

from According to a statement from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, the Curiosity Mars rover captured the first-ever image from the Red Planet’s surface to show an asteroid. The bonus? The image shows two, known as Ceres – which is a dwarf planet and an asteroid – and Vesta. Ceres and Vesta are, respectively, the largest and third-largest bodies in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter and are the destinations of NASA‘s Dawn mission. Dawn orbited Vesta in 2011 and 2012, and will begin orbiting Ceres next year.

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