August 19th, 2011
09:00 AM ET


Every Friday, @CNNLightYears will suggest interesting and exciting space and science Twitter accounts to follow.

Today, @CNNLightYears is giving a #FollowFriday to NASA’s Dawn mission. Scientists hope that Dawn, which was launched in 2007, will provide a better understanding of how the solar system formed.

@ NASA_Dawn
Dawn, a mission managed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, is a spacecraft orbiting the asteroid Vesta for one year before heading to gather more data about the dwarf planet and largest asteroid Ceres. Dawn is scheduled to arrive at Ceres in 2015, eight years after its launch. Follow @NASA_Dawn for stunning images of Vesta, including the "Image of the Day," as well as mission updates.

The official Twitter feed of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, JPL "manages many of the missions exploring Earth, the solar system, and our universe," according to its Twitter bio. The Dawn mission to Vesta and Ceres is managed by JPL  for NASA's Science Mission Directorate.  Follow @NASAJPL for mission details and amazing photos and videos. The mission is also the work of many other partners that you can read about here.

JPL's Near Earth Object Office  coordinates "NASA-sponsored efforts to detect, track, and characterize potentially hazardous asteroids and comets that could approach the Earth," according to its website. With more than 785,000 followers, @AsteroidWatch is currently tweeting about Dawn's mission and Vesta. Also, @AsteroidWatch tweets about other asteroids that pass Earth and their location in the sky.

You can also follow Twitter updates from @CNNLightYears.

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