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No other spacecraft has been as powerful or versatile as Dawn. It has been in orbit around the asteroid Vesta and has made geologic observations with spectrographic data. Then it left Vesta and made its way to Ceres, a 30 month journey. It did encounter equipment failures, but the crew was able to work around them to keep the mission alive.
Ceres is currently labeled as a Dwarf Planet. That is the same label Pluto ended up with. There are other Dwarf Planets of lesser notoriety. Dawn will take some time to close its orbit around Ceres to get good image resolutions. Ceres is already causing mystery. It is sporting a bright spot or two that is making people get messed up hair from all the scratching. I'm sure conspiracy theorists and ufologist are loving this. Yep, drama may ensue.
So finding new discoveries at Ceres and being just amazing I think Dawn is flipping the bill. For sure it is a mission to keep track of. So here is to the venerable crew of Dawn. Live long and prosper.