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canada canada goose outlet goose uk shop Artist’s concept depicting the Dawn spacecraft thrusting with its ion propulsion cheap Canada Goose system as it travels from Vesta (lower right) to Ceres (upper left). The galaxies in the background are part of the Virgo supercluster. Dawn, Vesta, and Ceres are buy canada goose jacket cheap currently in the constellation Virgo from the perspective of viewers on Earth. (Image credit: NASA/JPL)The JPL and Orbital Science Corporation developed Dawn space probe began its journey to the main asteroid belt on September 27, 2007. It has used gravity assists and flew by the planet Mars. Dawn spent 14 months surveying Vesta, the 4th largest asteroid of the main buy canada goose jacket belt (assuming Ceres is still considered the largest). to reach Ceres. canada goose uk shop

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