Dawn Set To Rise

Okay, that’s a pretty bad pun. NASA is set to launch another amazing probe into space next year, the Dawn Mission to Ceres and Vesta, the two largest objects in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. I was excited about the impending New Horizons mission to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt, but this adventure will be just as exciting. The asteroid belt is one of those great mysteries of the solar system. How did the asteroids form? Why isn’t there a planet there?