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Dawn Journal

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.

Dawn Journal: Mars Encounter

Marc Rayman • February 13, 2009

Dawn continues to close in on Mars, ready for the gravitational slingshot that will help it on its expedition to the asteroid belt and its quest to gain insights into the evolution of the solar system.

Dawn Journal: Just Missing the Bull's Eye at Mars

Marc Rayman • January 30, 2009

Dawn continues on course for its pas de deux with Mars on February 17. The planet's gravity will gracefully assist the spacecraft on its way to rendezvous with its intended celestial partners Vesta and Ceres in the more distant asteroid belt.

Dawn Journal: Conjunction Junction

Marc Rayman • January 05, 2009

Having fulfilled all of its assignments for 2008, the Dawn spacecraft has been unusually quiescent recently.

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.

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