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Planetary exploration in 2015: The Year of the Dwarf Planet

Emily Lakdawalla • December 31, 2014 • 8

Looking ahead to what we can expect from Earth's exploration of the rest of the solar system in 2015, there's an obvious theme: Dwarf planets.

Dawn Journal: History of Ceres

Marc Rayman • December 29, 2014 • 14

As Dawn looks toward the new world of Ceres, Mission Director Marc Rayman looks back on Ceres' discovery.

Ceres is round!

Emily Lakdawalla • December 05, 2014 • 3

Okay, so the fact that Ceres is round is not news. It's still thrilling to see Ceres begin to come into focus as a round world.

Dawn Journal: Looking Ahead at Ceres

Marc Rayman • December 01, 2014 • 1

This month, Marc Rayman looks ahead to some upcoming activities for Dawn as it approaches the dwarf planet Ceres.

Dawn Journal: Ion thrusting (or not)

Marc Rayman • November 02, 2014 • 8

Marc Rayman gives the latest update on the Dawn mission, focusing this time on the performance of its ion propulsion system.

What did Dawn learn at Vesta?

Emily Lakdawalla • October 09, 2014 • 12

It's now been two years since Dawn wrapped up its work at the second-largest asteroid. What else did we get from the Vesta encounter besides great photos? Recently, I asked Dawn's deputy project scientist, Carol Raymond, for help in summarizing a few of the big things Dawn taught us.

Dawn Journal: 7 Years of Interplanetary Travel

Marc Rayman • September 27, 2014 • 6

Marc Rayman gives us an update on the Dawn mission, heading to Ceres, on the 7th anniversary of its launch.

Pretty pictures: Vesta's dark material

Emily Lakdawalla • September 05, 2014 • 1

More masterful processing of Dawn Vesta images by Björn Jónsson, including Aelia crater and some mysterious dark splats near Fulvia crater.

Dawn Journal: From HAMO to LAMO and Beyond

Marc Rayman • September 02, 2014 • 10

Marc Rayman updates us on the Dawn mission, its plans from high to low altitude mapping orbits at Ceres, and what the intrepid spacecraft will pursue next.

Dawn Journal: Not-So-Quiet Cruise

Marc Rayman • August 01, 2014 • 13

Dawn's Mission Director updates us on the status of the mission, and tells us what Dawn and Star Wars have in common.

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