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NASA will host a news conference on Monday, Aug 1, at 2 pm EDT, to discuss the Dawn spacecraft's successful orbit insertion around Vesta on July 15 and unveil the first full-frame images from Dawn's framing camera.
Dawn took this image during its current orbit of Vesta, traveling from the day side to the night side.
PASADENA, Calif., July 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Dawn spacecraft has returned the first close-up image after beginning its orbit around the giant asteroid Vesta.
NASA's Dawn spacecraft returned the first close-up image of the asteroid Vesta on Sunday.
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.
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.
NASA said its Dawn probe should go into orbit around the asteroid Vesta on Friday.
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.
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.
NASA's Dawn spacecraft is on track to begin the first extended visit to a large asteroid.
- A person who stands up for something, as contrasted to a bystander who remains inactive.
- One of the upright handlebars on a traditional Inuit sled.