Because that sucker is already too long (it’s the previous post to this one, just scroll down). Here’s some more hope:
“NASA engineers are expected to confirm this weekend that the US spacecraft Dawn has entered the orbit of Vesta, one of the largest asteroids in the solar system.”
“After a year of observations and measurements around Vesta, Dawn will depart for its second destination, the dwarf planet Ceres, in July 2012. It will be the first craft to orbit two solar system destinations beyond Earth.”
Vesta was a candidate for full planet status in the 2006 International Astronomical Union’s convention that kicked Pluto out of the club. Neener neener.
Dawn will be the first spacecraft to orbit two Solar System objects that aren’t the Earth and the Moon.
Keep working on that astrogation, lads. We’re gonna need it.