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Ceres is the largest body in the Asteroid Belt and the largest Dwarf Planet. It is the first body beyond the Inner Planets to be explored by Humans, in 2075 CE. It hold vast ice reserves and is a prime target for Human colonization.
Discovery and Early History
Ceres was discovered January 1st, 1801 by Giuseppe Piazzi, and Italian astronomer. Ceres was classified as a planet until 1850, when is was then reclassified as an asteroid. It was finally reclassified again as a dwarf planet in the early 21st century. Interest in Ceres dipped for much of the 19th and 20th century.
In the mid 2020s, the United Nations Space Administration sent many probes and landers to many bodies all around the Sol System, one of these bodies being Ceres itself. These probes, mainly the Dusk probe, sent back interesting data and images, some that show that Ceres has water and mineral deposits that can be of us by humans.
In 2078, the Demeter 1 mission successfully landed Humans on the surface of Ceres, near Occator Crater. This successfully spurred further exploration of Ceres and the rest of the Asteroid Belt, exploration of the Asteroid Belt continues until this day.
Like so many times before, in mid 2090, the Terra Pact and the Great Unifiers signed the Demeter Treaty, authorizing the colonization of Ceres. After this, human settlers from all over the Sol System, most notably Canada, Tibet, Indonesia, and the Balkans, journeyed to Ceres to begin a new life on the Dwarf Planet and to establish a new home for Humanity.