Vesta, an asteroid the size of Arizona, gets its own geologic map showing its history of meteorite impact craters over its billions of years of existence.
Dawn's first color map of Ceres shows the dwarf planet's mottled surface hints at a vibrant and active past.
Ceres comes into sharper focus as the Dawn mission settles into an up-close study of the dwarf planet's craters and mysterious bright spots.
NASA's Dawn mission is closing in on Ceres, and it's looking ahead to getting a better gander at craters and mysterious spots on the the dwarf planet's surface.
The Dawn space probe will take a much closer look at Ceres' mystery lights now that it is in orbit around the protoplanet.
When asteroid 2004 BL86 passed near Earth on January 26, it wasn't alone. A small moon came along for the ride.
At a resolution of just 27p, images captured by the Dawn probe as it approaches Ceres are the most detailed of the dwarf planet to date.
You don't have to duck, but a good-sized asteroid will make a fairly close flyby of Earth at the end of the month.
Using the Herschel Telescope, the European Space Agency has detected water vapor on Ceres, the largest and roundest object in the asteroid belt. And it just may have a whole lot of it.
NASA debuts stunning high-resolution pictures of the gargantuan 330-mile-diameter Vesta asteroid.