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Dawn Journal

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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Dawn Journal: Testing, Testing, Testing

Posted by Marc Rayman on 2007/10/26 04:40 CDT

Dawn's checkout phase continues to go very well. The spacecraft is healthy as it and Earth travel their separate ways, separating at almost 1 light second per day.

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Dawn Journal: Firing Up the Ion Propulsion System

Posted by Marc Rayman on 2007/10/09 05:37 CDT

Joining an elite club among spacecraft, Dawn successfully fired up its xenon ion propulsion system on October 6.

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Dawn Journal: Launch!

Posted by Marc Rayman on 2007/10/02 11:31 CDT

The Dawn project welcomes you to deep space! Dawn is operating smoothly on the fourth day of its eight-year adventure.

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Dawn Journal: Awaiting Launch II

Posted by Marc Rayman on 2007/09/21 03:46 CDT

The countdown is underway for Dawn's liftoff on September 26 at 7:25:00 am EDT. This is the second time our hero has been within a few days of launch.

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