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Dawn Journal

Dawn Journal: Testing Flight Software 8.0

Posted by Marc Rayman on 2009/05/27 07:11 CDT

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

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Dawn Journal: Upgrades!

Posted by Marc Rayman on 2009/04/29 05:52 CDT

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

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Dawn Journal: Safe Without Safe Mode

Posted by Marc Rayman on 2009/04/06 12:45 CDT

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

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Dawn Journal: Safely Past Mars

Posted by Marc Rayman on 2009/03/09 05:47 CDT

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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Dawn Journal: Mars Encounter

Posted by Marc Rayman on 2009/02/13 10:34 CST

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.

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

Posted by Marc Rayman on 2009/01/30 10:51 CST

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.

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Dawn Journal: Conjunction Junction

Posted by Marc Rayman on 2009/01/05 11:10 CST

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

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Dawn Journal: Aiming Away From a Bull's Eye at Mars

Posted by Marc Rayman on 2008/11/30 10:12 CST

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.

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Dawn Journal: A Pause in Thrusting

Posted by Marc Rayman on 2008/10/31 12:37 CDT

The Dawn spacecraft continues on course and on schedule for its bold campaign to unexplored worlds.

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Dawn Journal: One Year Since Launch

Posted by Marc Rayman on 2008/09/30 12:13 CDT

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.

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