National Aeronautics and Space Administration or NASA has released an official statement regarding the spacecraft entering into the orbit.
Ceres, the dwarf planet is in the asteroid belt located between Mars and Jupiter. The asteroid belt is having many asteroids which are revolving around the sun and Ceres is the largest object found in the belt.
Earlier it was given the status of Planet, then it was demoted to asteroid and in 2006 it was promoted to the status of dwarf planet.
On March 6, Dawn has entered into the orbit of Ceres and it has for the first time sent pictures of the planet.
It will orbit at approximately 8,400 miles away from the surface of the planet; this is the first science orbit.
Dawn will be orbiting around Ceres in the first orbit until May 9; when it will slowly enter into the lower orbits of the planet to take high resolution images of the planet.
On April 14 and 15, Dawn has sent the new images of two unidentified bright spots on the surface of Ceres from distance of 14,000 miles above the north pole of the planet.
The bright spots are in contrast with the planets grey surface, scientist don’t know how these bright spots came to be and what it actually consists of.
The recent images not only show bright spots but it also show craters on the surface.
Dawn has previously orbited an asteroid Vesta, the second largest in the asteroid belt, from 2011 to 2012.
Dawn has become the first spacecraft to orbit two extraterrestrial objects Ceres and Vesta.
The data collected from Vesta will help scientists in gaining insights in the evolution of solar system.