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Dawn Journal

Dawn Journal: LAMO (Low Altitude Mapping Orbit)

Marc Rayman • January 05, 2011

Dawn finishes 2010 much as it began the year, thrusting with its ion propulsion system in steady pursuit of a distant world.

Dawn Journal: Attitude Adjustment

Marc Rayman • December 07, 2010

Dawn is maintaining its smooth and steady course through the solar system as it gradually closes in on Vesta.

Dawn Journal: Approaching Conjunction

Marc Rayman • November 03, 2010

Continuing its journey to collect treats in the main asteroid belt, Dawn is making excellent progress toward its July 2011 rendezvous with protoplanet Vesta.

Dawn Journal: Third Anniversary in Space, and How to Map Vesta

Marc Rayman • September 28, 2010

On the third anniversary of traveling through the solar system on its own since dispatching Dawn on a separate journey, Earth continues to orbit the sun in much the same way it has been.

Dawn Journal: Getting Warmer, Farther from the Sun?

Marc Rayman • September 02, 2010

Dawn is now so far from the sun that even with its tremendous solar arrays, it does not receive enough sunlight to generate sufficient electrical power to operate all systems and still achieve maximum thrust.

Dawn Journal: A Year from Vesta

Marc Rayman • July 28, 2010

Dawn is flying smoothly through the asteroid belt, now less than a year from entering orbit around Vesta, the first of its two cosmic destinations.

Dawn Journal: Dawn 9.0

Marc Rayman • June 30, 2010

A new version of the Dawn spacecraft is continuing the ambitious journey through the asteroid belt to uncharted distant worlds.

Dawn Journal: Surveying Vesta

Marc Rayman • June 01, 2010

After more than 2.5 years of spaceflight, and more than 6 months in the asteroid belt, Dawn's interplanetary journey continues smoothly.

Dawn Journal: Matching Paces with Vesta

Marc Rayman • May 02, 2010

Dawn remains on course and on schedule for its appointments with Vesta and Ceres, colossal protoplanets in the main asteroid belt.

Dawn Journal: It's Just a Phase

Marc Rayman • March 30, 2010

Our interplanetary adventurer still has a great deal of ion thrusting to complete before it can begin its orbital exploration of Vesta next year.

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