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Dawn Journal: Safely Cruising

Marc Rayman • February 01, 2008

Now in interplanetary cruise, the Dawn spacecraft is following a much more leisurely pace than the one it maintained during the initial checkout phase of the mission.

Dawn Journal: Checkout Complete, Interplanetary Cruise Underway

Marc Rayman • December 18, 2007

After the remarkably successful initial checkout phase, Dawn is now in the interplanetary cruise phase.

Dawn Journal: Halfway Through Checkout

Marc Rayman • November 14, 2007

Now more than halfway through its 80-day initial checkout phase, the Dawn spacecraft continues to please its fans in mission control and throughout much of the rest of the universe.

Dawn Journal: Testing, Testing, Testing

Marc Rayman • October 26, 2007

Dawn's checkout phase continues to go very well. The spacecraft is healthy as it and Earth travel their separate ways, separating at almost 1 light second per day.

Dawn Journal: Firing Up the Ion Propulsion System

Marc Rayman • October 09, 2007

Joining an elite club among spacecraft, Dawn successfully fired up its xenon ion propulsion system on October 6.

Dawn Journal: Launch!

Marc Rayman • October 02, 2007

The Dawn project welcomes you to deep space! Dawn is operating smoothly on the fourth day of its eight-year adventure.

Dawn Launch: A Brilliant Flash and a Thunderous Roar!

Ken Kremer • September 27, 2007

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.

Dawn Journal: Awaiting Launch II

Marc Rayman • September 21, 2007

The countdown is underway for Dawn's liftoff on September 26 at 7:25:00 am EDT. This is the second time our hero has been within a few days of launch.

Dawn Journal: What to Expect After the Launch III

Marc Rayman • September 14, 2007

Now less than two weeks from its planned September 26 launch, Dawn is eagerly awaiting the beginning of its fantastic adventure.

Dawn Journal: Dawn Prepares to Launch II

Marc Rayman • September 05, 2007

NASA is preparing (again) to bring Dawn to the Florida skies as all systems are gearing up for a September 26 launch.

Dawn Journal: More Than One Way to Leave the Launch Pad

Marc Rayman • July 17, 2007

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.

Dawn Journal: More Bad Weather

Marc Rayman • July 06, 2007

Just after the previous log was posted, further predictions of poor weather at Cape Canaveral and difficulties with a downrange launch vehicle tracking system required a launch postponement.

Dawn Journal: Awaiting Launch

Marc Rayman • July 06, 2007

The countdown is underway for Dawn's liftoff on July 8 at 4:04:49 pm EDT.

Dawn Journal: What to Expect After the Launch

Marc Rayman • June 26, 2007

Now only two weeks away from its planned launch, Dawn is eagerly awaiting the beginning of its cosmic adventure.

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