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NASA has confirmed the launch date for Dawn, its mission to the asteroid belt. The space agency is aiming for a launch window that opens at 07:25 (EDT) on 26 September, and closes again 29 minutes later. Artist's impression of Dawn flying past the dwarf-planet Ceres Artist's impression of Dawn flying past the dwarf-planet Ceres …

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Anonymous Coward

Early Morning..

So its at the crack of Dawn then?

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Anonymous Coward

Dwarf planet?

I think you mean minor planet. As in molesworth 2. No sign of Gimli in your artist's impression...

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A week later?

The 26th september is a Wednesday and the 28th is a Friday, their both in the same week!

If the miss the window in the 26th they can try again at the end of the week.

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Not Dwarf Planet

Please, they prefer the term "Gravitationally Challenged"...

Or so my PC friends assure me.

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Ever Since Pluto

It's true that "minor planet" is another term for asteroid.

However, ever since Pluto got demoted, there has been a category of Solar System bodies known as "dwarf planets"; Pluto is one of them, Ceres is another, and other large Kuiper Belt Objects, such as Eris, are also likely to be accepted as belonging to this category.

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