Here’s today’s roundup of science, nature and environment news from the Bay Area and beyond.

NASA’s Dawn moves on to another asteroid – San Jose Mercury NewsClick photo to enlarge LOS ANGELES (AP) — One asteroid down, one to go. After spending a year gazing at Vesta, NASA’s Dawn spacecraft was set to cruise toward the most massive space rock in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter — a voyage that will take nearly three years.

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Land buy ‘huge puzzle piece’ for trailsThe Solano Land Trust paid $13.5 million to preserve 1,500 acres of former Indian hunting grounds and villages known as Rockville Trails, just west of Fairfield. The plan is to build a park with a regional trail system between Solano and Napa counties and eventually link up with the 800,000-acre stretch of parkland and open space called the Blue Ridge Berryessa Natural Area.

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East Bay town hoping to save $4.4 million by going solar – San Jose Mercury NewsDANVILLE — Town officials are hoping for big savings from four solar power arrays that will be going up around town this fall. On Tuesday, the town council approved a $1.2 million energy prepayment to San Mateo-based SolarCity, which now has the go-ahead to build the arrays on town-owned properties.

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California ISO marks 1,000-megawatt solar milestone – The Sacramento BeeCalifornia surpassed a major milestone during a recent heat wave, hitting more than 1,000 megawatts of solar power generation. That’s equal to the output of two large, gas-fired power plants. The threshold – driven by heavy air-conditioning use during recent, blistering-hot days – was surpassed multiple times, according to the Folsom-based California Independent System Operator Corp., which operates the state’s wholesale transmission grid.

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NASA’s Dawn Moves On To Another Asteroid – 9/6 KQED Science News Roundup 2 October,2015Jenny Oh

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