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Now using an ion thruster that had been powered off since October, Dawn continues to make steady progress on its journey deeper into space.
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!
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.
Dawn is as far from Earth as the Sun.
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.
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.
After the remarkably successful initial checkout phase, Dawn is now in the interplanetary cruise phase.
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.
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.
Joining an elite club among spacecraft, Dawn successfully fired up its xenon ion propulsion system on October 6.
The Dawn project welcomes you to deep space! Dawn is operating smoothly on the fourth day of its eight-year adventure.
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.
Now less than two weeks from its planned September 26 launch, Dawn is eagerly awaiting the beginning of its fantastic adventure.
NASA is preparing (again) to bring Dawn to the Florida skies as all systems are gearing up for a September 26 launch.
There are two ways for a spacecraft to leave its launch pad: climbing on a blazing tower of powerful flames accompanied by a thunderous announcement of its departure or suspended securely and gently on the crane that hoisted it there in the first place.
The countdown is underway for Dawn's liftoff on July 8 at 4:04:49 pm EDT.
Just after the previous log was posted, further predictions of poor weather at Cape Canaveral and difficulties with a downrange launch vehicle tracking system required a launch postponement.
Now only two weeks away from its planned launch, Dawn is eagerly awaiting the beginning of its cosmic adventure.