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Dawn Journal

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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Dawn Journal: Safely Cruising

Posted by Marc Rayman on 2008/02/01 12:21 CST

Now in interplanetary cruise, the Dawn spacecraft is following a much more leisurely pace than the one it maintained during the initial checkout phase of the mission.

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Dawn Journal: Checkout Complete, Interplanetary Cruise Underway

Posted by Marc Rayman on 2007/12/18 09:36 CST

After the remarkably successful initial checkout phase, Dawn is now in the interplanetary cruise phase.

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Dawn Journal: Halfway Through Checkout

Posted by Marc Rayman on 2007/11/14 01:47 CST

Now more than halfway through its 80-day initial checkout phase, the Dawn spacecraft continues to please its fans in mission control and throughout much of the rest of the universe.

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