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Dawn Journal

Dawn Journal: 5th Mapping Orbit

Marc Rayman • November 01, 2016 • 4

Dawn just completed another successful observation campaign at Ceres from its latest mapping orbit. Mission Director and Chief Engineer Marc Rayman brings us his monthly update.

Dawn Journal: 9th Anniversary

Marc Rayman • September 29, 2016 • 3

Nine years ago today, Dawn set sail on an epic journey of discovery and adventure. The intrepid explorer has sailed the cosmic seas and collected treasures that far exceeded anything anticipated or even hoped for.

Dawn Journal: Diving Low

Marc Rayman • September 01, 2016 • 11

Following the conclusion of Dawn's ambitious 8.8-year prime mission on June 30, the spacecraft has been gathering a wealth of data with all sensors in its extended mission as it orbits closer to Ceres than the International Space Station is to Earth.

Dawn Journal: Staying at Ceres

Marc Rayman • July 30, 2016 • 9

The official end of Dawn's prime mission was June 30, but the valiant adventurer began its "extended mission" of performing more Ceres observations without missing a beat.

Dawn Journal: In the Details

Marc Rayman • June 08, 2016 • 6

Dawn is continuing to record the extraordinary sights on dwarf planet Ceres. The experienced explorer is now closer to the alien world than the International Space Station is to Earth.

Dawn Journal: A New Angle on Ceres

Marc Rayman • May 04, 2016 • 27

Since April 11, instead of photographing the scenery directly beneath it, Dawn has been aiming its camera to the left and forward as it orbits and Ceres rotates to map more of the dwarf planet.

Dawn Journal: Sharper Views of Ceres

Marc Rayman • April 01, 2016 • 1

One year after taking up its new residence in the solar system, Dawn is continuing to witness extraordinary sights on dwarf planet Ceres. Mission Director Marc Rayman brings us his monthly update on Dawn's status.

Dawn Journal: Success at Ceres

Marc Rayman • March 01, 2016 • 25

More than eight years after leaving Earth behind for an ambitious deep space adventure, the Dawn mission has now collected all of the data originally planned. Chief Engineer and Mission Director Marc Rayman brings us an update.

Dawn Journal: Measuring Light

Marc Rayman • February 01, 2016 • 6

Chief Engineer and Mission Director Marc Rayman explains some of the measurements the Dawn mission is taking at Ceres, most of which depend on sunlight.

Dawn Journal: Science on Ceres

Marc Rayman • January 01, 2016 • 15

The Dawn mission is developing humankind’s most intimate portrait ever of a dwarf planet. Mission Director and Chief Engineer Marc Rayman returns with his monthly update on the mission's progress.

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