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Dawn Journal: In the Asteroid Belt, but Far from Asteroids

Marc Rayman • December 01, 2009

Dawn entered the main asteroid belt on November 13. As it ventures ever deeper into this vast collection of material between Mars and Jupiter, it may be tempting to think of the spacecraft constantly dodging asteroids.

Dawn Journal: Taking Up Residence in the Asteroid Belt

Marc Rayman • November 02, 2009

Dawn has devoted another month to thrusting with its ion propulsion system, ever with its sights set on its rendezvous with Vesta in July 2011.

Dawn Journal: Good Performance Means a Longer Stay at Vesta!

Marc Rayman • September 28, 2009

Dawn is celebrating the second anniversary of leaving its home planet by engaging in the same function it has performed most of its time in space: with the utmost patience, it is using its ion propulsion system to gradually modify its orbit around the Sun.

Dawn Journal: Earth Catches Up

Marc Rayman • September 02, 2009

As Dawn continues its long solar system journey to match orbits with Vesta and later with Ceres, some readers may note a surprising trend in the statistics for the mission.

Dawn Journal: Quiet Cruise

Marc Rayman • July 31, 2009

Today Dawn is 220 million kilometers (137 million miles) from the star at the solar system's center.

Dawn Journal: Testing Flight Software 8.0

Marc Rayman • May 27, 2009

Dawn's mission continues to go very well, as the spacecraft nears the end of the longest coasting period of its astronomical journey.

Exciting Times Ahead: 2010 Will Sizzle, and 2011 Will Really Cook!

Alan Stern • May 18, 2009

Today, I'm kicking the week off with a look at the unusually intense confluence of far flung planetary exploration that's just around the corner, starting the middle of next year.

Dawn Journal: Upgrades!

Marc Rayman • April 29, 2009

The upgraded Dawn spacecraft is now traveling in a new direction in its orbit around the Sun.

Dawn Journal: Safe Without Safe Mode

Marc Rayman • April 06, 2009

Perhaps what is most noteworthy and satisfying since the last log is not what Dawn did, but rather what it did not do.

Dawn Journal: Safely Past Mars

Marc Rayman • March 09, 2009

Dawn swooped close to Mars and then left it behind on a new course, having taken advantage of Mars's gravity.

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