Posted by Marc Rayman on 2008/04/23 01:07 CDT
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.
Posted by Marc Rayman on 2008/03/03 11:32 CST
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.
Posted by Marc Rayman on 2007/12/18 09:36 CST
After the remarkably successful initial checkout phase, Dawn is now in the interplanetary cruise phase.
Posted by Ken Kremer on 2007/09/27 09:37 CDT
At 7:34 a.m. EDT the Delta II Heavy roared off launch pad 17 B at Cape Canaveral with a brilliant flash of glowing orange light and billowing white smoke.
Posted by Marc Rayman on 2007/07/17 12:04 CDT
There are two ways for a spacecraft to leave its launch pad: climbing on a blazing tower of powerful flames accompanied by a thunderous announcement of its departure or suspended securely and gently on the crane that hoisted it there in the first place.