Latest 4 Vesta Stories

2010-06-30 08:21:16

Engineers are studying the reaction wheels on NASA's Dawn spacecraft after automatic sensors detected excess friction building up in one of them and powered it off early on the morning of June 17, 2010. Reaction wheels spin to help a spacecraft maintain attitude control, and Dawn, which is exploring the asteroid belt, uses three wheels in normal operations. The three other reaction wheels are functioning normally. Mission managers said plans for Dawn to visit the asteroid Vesta in 2011 and...

2010-06-08 07:15:00

Deep in the heart of the asteroid belt, on its way to the first of the belt's two most massive inhabitants, NASA's ion-propelled Dawn spacecraft has eclipsed the record for velocity change produced by a spacecraft's engines. The previous standard-bearer for velocity change, NASA's Deep Space 1, also impelled by ion propulsion, was the first interplanetary spacecraft to use this technology. The Deep Space 1 record fell on Saturday, June 5, when the Dawn spacecraft's accumulated acceleration...

2010-05-05 06:35:00

"Standard orbit, Mr. Sulu." Captain Kirk barks out the order with such confidence. He knows the USS Enterprise can slip in and out of planetary orbits with ease. But it's only easy in the realm of science fiction. In the real world, such maneuvers have been impossible --until now. Enter Dawn, NASA's cutting edge mission to the asteroid belt. Powered with a futuristic sounding new technology called "ion propulsion," this spacecraft will perform space moves rivaling those of the Enterprise. At...

2010-03-03 06:00:00

UTRECHT, The Netherlands, March 3, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Mercuria Energy Asset Management B.V., part of the Mercuria Energy Group, has announced today that Mercuria's wholly owned terminal & processing assets will be renamed under a common 'VESTA' brand. These assets are: - Vesta Terminal Flushing B.V., (The Netherlands) - formerly Mercuria Terminals Flushing B.V. - Vesta Terminal Tallinn OU, (Estonia) - formerly Eurodek Synergy OU - Vesta Terminal...

2009-09-21 11:00:00

NEW YORK, Sept. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Vesta Green Marketing Solutions (GMS) helps kick-off Advertising Week by announcing a repositioning of the company and expansion into a broad array of environmentally sustainable promotional products targeting affluent consumers at home. An in-home marketing company, Vesta GMS has attracted some of the nation's largest brands and media companies such as Zantac, Schick, Aveeno, Caress, Wisk, Avis, CBS and TNT. The newest promotional campaigns entering the...

2009-09-14 06:35:00

Crater patterns on Vesta and Ceres could help pinpoint when Jupiter began to form during the evolution of the early Solar System.  A study modeling the cratering history of the largest two objects in the asteroid belt, which are believed to be among the oldest in the Solar System, indicates that the type and distribution of craters would show marked changes at different stages of Jupiter's development.   Results will be presented by Dr Diego Turrini at the European Planetary...

2009-09-09 07:30:00

NEW YORK, Sept. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- WHAT: The sixth annual Advertising Week celebration gets underway with a kick-off press conference providing an overview of the week's events and a preview of the evolving in-home media segment. WHO: Vesta Green Marketing Solutions (GMS), formerly Hanger Network, will present research findings on consumers' changing...

2009-06-09 08:48:21

The U.S. space agency says its Dawn spacecraft has re-ignited its ion propulsion system, continuing its eight-year mission to explore the asteroid belt. Mission controllers at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., said they received a transmission from the Dawn spacecraft confirming the re-ignition. During the eight years Dawn's three ion engines will accumulate 2,000 days of operation. The spacecraft's mission includes...

2009-04-03 09:57:00

TEMECULA, Calif., April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- PlantCML(R), an EADS North America company, announces the release of VESTA(R) Pallas(TM) 2.6 Service Pack (SP) 2, an all-in-one, IP-based call taking solution for call centers with two-to-12 call taking positions. VESTA Pallas seamlessly handles both emergency and administrative calls in an easily installable, highly reliable, low maintenance turnkey solution. VESTA Pallas is a state-of-the-art converged voice and data solution, providing a choice of...

2009-02-12 18:45:00

Launched in September of 2007, and propelled by any one of a trio of hyper-efficient ion engines, NASA's Dawn spacecraft passed the orbit of Mars last summer. At that time, the asteroid belt (where Dawn's two targets, asteroid Vesta and the dwarf planet Ceres reside), had never been closer. In early July the spacecraft began to lose altitude, falling back towards the inner solar system. Then on October 31, 2008, after 270 days of almost continuous thrusting, the ion drive turned off. "Not...

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