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Dawn Journal: Aiming Away From a Bull's Eye at Mars

Marc Rayman • November 30, 2008

The Dawn spacecraft is healthy and on course for its flyby of Mars early next year. The planet's gravity will help boost the probe on its way to rendezvous with Vesta.

Dawn Journal: A Pause in Thrusting

Marc Rayman • October 31, 2008

The Dawn spacecraft continues on course and on schedule for its bold campaign to unexplored worlds.

Dawn Journal: One Year Since Launch

Marc Rayman • September 30, 2008

On the first anniversary of its departure from Earth, Dawn continues with what it has been doing for most of its time in space. With the greatest patience, it is gently reshaping its orbit around the Sun with its ion propulsion system.

Dawn Journal: Some Explanations of Orbital Dynamics

Marc Rayman • August 28, 2008

The Dawn spacecraft continues to make good progress on its adventure to unlock scientific secrets hidden deep in the main asteroid belt, between Mars and Jupiter.

Dawn Journal: We Crave Power!!!

Marc Rayman • August 05, 2008

Dawn continues its flight through the solar system with all systems functioning well.

Dawn Journal: Cruising Past Mars' Orbit

Marc Rayman • June 30, 2008

Now using an ion thruster that had been powered off since October, Dawn continues to make steady progress on its journey deeper into space.

Dawn Journal: Ion Propulsion

Marc Rayman • May 29, 2008

The Dawn mission continues smoothly, as the spacecraft reliably thrusts with its ion propulsion system, demonstrating all the patience of a...well, of an ion-propelled spacecraft!

Dawn Journal: Software Updates

Marc Rayman • April 23, 2008

Dawn continues its powered flight, having accumulated more than 100 days of ion thrusting since its launch nearly seven months ago. All systems are healthy as the probe patiently and persistently propels itself through the solar system.

Dawn Journal: One AU from Earth

Marc Rayman • April 23, 2008

Dawn is as far from Earth as the Sun.

Dawn Journal: Backup Camera Checks Out

Marc Rayman • March 03, 2008

Treating intercalary days just as it does most other days in its interplanetary cruise, today Dawn continues patiently and ever-so-gently reshaping its orbit around the Sun with the delicate yet persistent push from its ion propulsion system.

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