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2011-07-17 05:25:00

NASA's Dawn probe successfully entered orbit around the asteroid Vesta on Saturday, the US space agency announced in a press release early Sunday morning. It is the first spacecraft to successfully enter orbit around an object in the main asteroid belt, located between Mars and Jupiter, and will spend the next year studying the potato-shaped asteroid before departing for a dwarf planet named Ceres next July. "Today, we celebrate an incredible exploration milestone as a spacecraft enters orbit...

2011-07-17 01:43:00

PASADENA, Calif., July 17, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Dawn spacecraft on Saturday became the first probe ever to enter orbit around an object in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO ) Dawn will study the asteroid, named Vesta, for a year before departing for a second destination, a dwarf planet named Ceres, in July 2012. Observations will provide unprecedented data to help scientists understand the...

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2011-07-14 14:55:00

NASA said its Dawn probe should go into orbit around the asteroid Vesta on Friday. The satellite will spend a year at the asteroid before moving on to the "dwarf planet" Ceres. NASA said Dawn's encounter is taking place at about 117 million miles from Earth. Engineers believe the spacecraft will be captured into orbit around the asteroid on Friday and will get confirmation from Dawn on Saturday. NASA said there will be about 9,900 miles between Vesta and Dawn once the spacecraft enters...

2011-07-14 09:22:00

PASADENA, Calif., July 14, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On July 15, NASA's Dawn spacecraft will begin a prolonged encounter with the asteroid Vesta, making the mission the first to enter orbit around a main-belt asteroid. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The main asteroid belt lies between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. Dawn will study Vesta for one year, and observations will help scientists understand the earliest chapter of our solar system's history....

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2011-07-07 14:44:49

By Dauna Coulter - Science@NASA July 6, 2011: NASA's Dawn spacecraft is closing in on Vesta, and from now until the ion-powered spacecraft goes into orbit in mid-July, every picture of the giant asteroid will be the best one ever taken. What will researchers do with this unprecedented clarity? "For starters," says Dawn chief engineer Marc Rayman, "we're going to look for an asteroid moon." You might think of asteroids as isolated bodies tumbling alone through space, but it's entirely possible...

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2011-06-24 07:40:00

NASA's Dawn spacecraft is on track to begin the first extended visit to a large asteroid. The mission expects to go into orbit around Vesta on July 16 and begin gathering science data in early August. Vesta resides in the main asteroid belt and is thought to be the source of a large number of meteorites that fall to Earth. "The spacecraft is right on target," said Robert Mase, Dawn project manager at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif. "We look forward to exploring this...

2011-06-23 13:24:00

WASHINGTON, June 23, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Dawn spacecraft is on track to begin the first extended visit to a large asteroid. The mission expects to go into orbit around Vesta on July 16 and begin gathering science data in early August. Vesta resides in the main asteroid belt and is thought to be the source of a large number of meteorites that fall to Earth. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) "The spacecraft is right on target," said Robert...

2011-06-21 08:15:33

NASA will host a news briefing at 2 p.m. EDT on Thursday, June 23, to discuss the Dawn spacecraft's year-long visit to the large asteroid Vesta. The mission expects to go into orbit around Vesta on July 16 and begin gathering science data in early August. The briefing will be held in the NASA Headquarters auditorium located at 300 E St. SW, in Washington. NASA Television and the agency's website will broadcast the event. Dawn's visit to Vesta will be the first prolonged encounter to a main...

2011-06-13 12:57:00

WASHINGTON, June 13, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Scientists working with NASA's Dawn spacecraft have created a new video showing the giant asteroid Vesta as the spacecraft approaches this unexplored world in the main asteroid belt. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The video loops 20 images obtained for navigation purposes on June 1. The images show a dark feature near Vesta's equator moving from left to right across the field of view as Vesta rotates....

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2011-06-13 11:25:00

Scientists have created a new video to give a glimpse into the future as NASA's Dawn spacecraft approaches the giant asteroid Vesta. The video loops 20 images that show a dark feature near Vesta's equator moving from left to right across the field of view as Vesta rotates. The images were obtained by a framing camera during a 30-minute period and show about 30 degrees of a rotation. "Like strangers in a strange land, we're looking for familiar landmarks," Jian-Yang Li, a Dawn participating...


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