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NASA's Dawn spacecraft has left the gravitational pull of the giant asteroid Vesta behind after over a year of study and is rocketing towards the dwarf planet Ceres. The satellite, launched in September 2007, has been exploring and mapping Vesta for the first time, showing agency boffins an exotic and diverse building block of …

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"Ceres, our solar system's only dwarf planet"

Uh, wasn't Pluto also classified as a dwarf planet, or are you still fighting the Man on that one?

There's a handful of other probable ones (Eris? can't remember the rest) too.

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Re: "Ceres, our solar system's only dwarf planet"

I've given up fighting The Man re Pluto (or to be more accurate, beaten into submission by Reg commentards).

Wikipedia lists Ceres, Pluto, Haumea, Makemake, and Eris.

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Re: "Ceres, our solar system's only dwarf planet"

Ah, the key distinction is inner solar system: the others are wildly far out (man). Sorry!

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Ceres: "our solar system's only dwarf planet"

Really?

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Re: Ceres: "our solar system's only dwarf planet"

Get the quote right, and all will be clear: "Ceres, our *inner* solar system's only dwarf planet and its largest asteroid".

The clue is in the word "inner" :-)

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Re: Steve Hosgood

In fairness, the commenters above were probably looking at an old version of the article - the wording was qualified soon after go-live.

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OOooh, that's cheating isn't it?

Naughty editor. No beer for you tonight :)

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Re: OOooh, that's cheating isn't it?

I up voted you for this comment:

Naughty editor. No beer for you tonight :)

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Possibly

Ceres, Pluto, Haumea, Makemake, and Eris

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Ceres

Can't resist - Heinlein's "Rolling Stones", every sci-fi asteroid mining ref ever. Where's Klondike Pete on his rocket scooter?

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Pluto is a planet

End of! .. balls to the IAU

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Vesta

Vesta, they made a right meal of it.

See icon...

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Re: Vesta

Strike a light!

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Eeeeekkkk!!!!

20 seconds into the video, I thought it was a Martian heat ray coming over the horizon :-O

Ullaaaaaa!

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Lucy, you got some splainin to do. . .

Planet, draft planet, baby planet, large asteroid.

The boffins need to get their cover stories strait on this one, or will we just not talk about Pluto any further?

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Nice...

... but not a place you'd want to be marooned off...

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"has left the gravitational pull of the giant asteroid Vesta"

"has slipped the surly bonds of Vesta".

There, fixed that for you, and turned Vesta into a dominatrix to boot.

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I just can't help it, folks

Until Dawn went roamin', Vesta was a virgin.

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