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Dawn Journal

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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Dawn Journal: Some Explanations of Orbital Dynamics

Posted by Marc Rayman on 2008/08/28 01:14 CDT

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.

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Dawn Journal: We Crave Power!!!

Posted by Marc Rayman on 2008/08/05 04:13 CDT

Dawn continues its flight through the solar system with all systems functioning well.

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Dawn Journal: Cruising Past Mars' Orbit

Posted by Marc Rayman on 2008/06/30 11:29 CDT

Now using an ion thruster that had been powered off since October, Dawn continues to make steady progress on its journey deeper into space.

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Dawn Journal: Ion Propulsion

Posted by Marc Rayman on 2008/05/29 11:18 CDT

The Dawn mission continues smoothly, as the spacecraft reliably thrusts with its ion propulsion system, demonstrating all the patience of a...well, of an ion-propelled spacecraft!

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Dawn Journal: Software Updates

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.

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Dawn Journal: One AU from Earth

Posted by Marc Rayman on 2008/04/23 01:06 CDT

Dawn is as far from Earth as the Sun.

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Dawn Journal: Backup Camera Checks Out

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.

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