Comets

Cometa helado NEAT

Did you know that comets may have brought the building blocks of life to our planet?

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Moonbase Alpha Game

Los astronautas posan fuera de la base lunar en el juego Base lunar Alpha

Your mission: Restore critical systems when meteors damage life-support equipment in your lunar settlement. This sounds like a science fiction movie, right? Actually it is NASA's new 3-D computer game, "Moonbase Alpha." Come and play the game!

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Solar System Exploration

Montaje artistico de mundos y objetos en nuestro sistema solar

Do you think we already know everything about our solar system? Think again!

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Asteroids



    Asteroids are more than just a rocky metallic object that orbits the sun. Ceres, the largest asteroid in our solar system, may have polar caps like Earth. Join NASA as we learn about these big rocks.
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Interviews

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Background Information


    NASA's Dawn spacecraft, the first ever to orbit an object in the main asteroid belt, is spiraling toward Vesta as it flies in its first of four intensive science orbits. This initial orbit of the rocky world began Aug. 11, 2011, at an altitude of nearly 2,700 kilometers (1,700 miles) and will provide in-depth analysis of the asteroid. Vesta is the brightest object in the asteroid belt as seen from Earth and is thought to be the source of many meteorites that fall to Earth.

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Resources

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Opportunities and Activities

  • Concepto artístico de Dawn cerca de Ceres y Vesta

    Become a Dawn Young Engineer!  →

    Kids of all ages can become a Dawn Young Engineer by constructing a paper model of the Dawn spacecraft and sending a picture holding their spacecraft!