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The largest object in the asteroid belt is not a lumpy rock, but a round world called Ceres. It has a tiny artificial “moon” — our Dawn spacecraft, which fell silent last year after a long, successful mission.

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Last December, scientists discovered an “active” asteroid, #6478Gault , within the asteroid belt. An @MIT  -led team now reports that it has caught the asteroid in the act of changing color, in the near-infrared spectrum, from red to blue.

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When talking about space, the preferred term is "settlement" not "colony." I used to find this a bit finicky, but there are literal people who propose a 'triangle trade' (!) between Mars, Earth, and the Asteroid Belt. Like... you couldn't use *any* other phrase?

On Aug. 28, 1993, NASA's #Galileospacecraft  flew by the asteroid Ida on its way Jupiter. Galileo was the first spacecraft to fly by an #asteroid  in the asteroid belt. #otd  #otdinspaceMoreinspaceMore :

The media scrum around Kamala Harris at the state fair is pretty dystopian. Like a dense and dangerous asteroid belt of jostling cameras and reporters (like yours truly) that make it difficult for fairgoers to meet the candidate.

Sometimes called minor planets, there are over 795,000 known asteroids--and likely millions more we don't know about yet--in our asteroid belt alone. #SpaceSaturday  #Starstruck 

NASA's Getting Ready to Explore the Corpse of an Ancient Planet in the Asteroid Belt

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A lone mountain soars a staggering 4,000 meters above the rugged terrain of Ceres, the largest world in the asteroid belt. Called Ahuna Mons, it is one of a kind, and now we know what it is: a muddy cryovolcano bubbling up from the depths.

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Frozen mud is upwelling on Ceres, largest asteroid in the belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter (Not an official update from the Expanse)

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Third burn successful. Exceeded Mars orbit and kept going to the Asteroid Belt.

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Last pic of Starman in Roadster on its journey to Mars orbit and then the Asteroid Belt

Hubble discovers new type of object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter

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It's been a big week for small objects in the solar system. A billion miles past Pluto, explored a small Kuiper Belt object for the first time, while closer to Earth, entered orbit around an asteroid. See details at

No rest for the curious. Next up after ’s : arrives #MarsLandingt  the asteroid Bennu on Dec. 3. Then on New Years Eve makes its historic Kuiper Belt Object flyby! 🛰 We hope you’ll come along for the ride.

Jupiter shepherding the asteroid belt, preventing them falling in towards the inner planets

Last pic of Starman in Roadster on its journey to Mars orbit and then the Asteroid Belt

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This unusual object in the asteroid belt consists of 2 asteroids orbiting each other, but has comet-like features:

. found evidence of organic material on dwarf planet Ceres in the asteroid belt between Mars & Jupiter:

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@NASA_Hubble  sees Ceres, the largest object in asteroid belt. It's @NASA_Dawn 's 2015 target:

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