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2010-10-08 13:13:00

WASHINGTON, Oct. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has captured images of the large asteroid Vesta that will help scientists refine plans for the Dawn spacecraft's rendezvous with Vesta in July 2011. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Scientists have constructed a video from the images that will help improve pointing instructions for Dawn as it is placed in a polar orbit around...

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2010-10-08 08:40:00

To mark an unprecedented flurry of exploration which is about to begin, NASA announced Thursday that the coming year will be "The Year of the Solar System" (YSS). "During YSS, we'll see triple the [usual] number of launches, flybys and orbital insertions," says Jim Green, Director of Planetary Science at NASA headquarters. "There hasn't been anything quite like it in the history of the Space Age. Naturally, it's a Martian year. "These events will unfold over the next 23 months, the length of...

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2010-08-20 13:35:00

Let the countdown begin. NASA's Dawn spacecraft is less than one year away from giant asteroid Vesta.  "There's nothing more exciting than revealing an unexplored, alien world," says Marc Rayman, Dawn's chief engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. "Vesta," he predicts, "is going to amaze us." Dawn is slated to enter orbit around Vesta in late July 2011. As the first breathtaking images are beamed back to Earth, researchers will quickly combine them into a movie, allowing us all to...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...


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