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2011-04-08 10:47:58

After 3 and a half years of thrusting silently through the void, NASA's Dawn spacecraft is on the threshold of a new world. It's deep in the asteroid belt, less than 4 months from giant asteroid Vesta. "We're closing in," says Marc Rayman, Dawn's chief engineer and mission manager. "And I'm getting more excited every day!" Dawn will enter orbit around Vesta in July 2011, becoming the first spacecraft ever to orbit a body in the asteroid belt. After conducting a detailed study of the uncharted...

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2011-03-22 10:05:00

After a hibernation of about six months, the framing cameras on board NASA's Dawn spacecraft have again ventured a look into the stars. The spacecraft also powered up its visible and infrared mapping spectrometer, which investigates surface mineralogy, and the gamma ray and neutron detector, which detects elemental composition. The reactivation prepares the instruments for the May approach and July arrival at Vesta, Dawn's first port of call in the asteroid belt. "Last week, we gently 'woke...

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2011-03-10 11:37:25

There is an old chestnut about a pedestrian who once asked a virtuoso violinist near Carnegie Hall how to get to the famed concert venue. The virtuoso's answer: practice! The same applies to NASA's Dawn mission to the giant asteroid Vesta. In the lead-up to orbiting the second most massive body in the asteroid belt this coming July, Dawn mission planners and scientists have been practicing mapping Vesta's surface, producing still images and a rotating animation that includes the scientists'...

2010-12-04 00:00:04

Robin Speronis, a Florida real estate broker and entrepreneur, has launched New Dawn Communication, a publicity agency representing small businesses and non-profits. New Dawn Communication will get businesses noticed by capturing what that business does best, communicating its story while creating buzz and then targeting conventional media coverage. Winter Park, FL (Vocus) December 2, 2010 Robin Speronis, a Florida real estate broker and entrepreneur and founder of...

2010-12-01 00:13:05

Florida entrepreneur Robin Speronis has started New Dawn Communication, a publicity agency with small businesses and non-profits in mind. Getting a business noticed by capturing what that business does best, communicating its story while creating buzz and then targeting conventional media coverage is what New Dawn Communication does. Naples, FL (Vocus) November 30, 2010 Robin Speronis, founder of http://www.AskZenRealEstate.com, and many other successful Internet marketing sites has...

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2010-10-11 06:50:00

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. 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 Vesta. Analyses of Hubble images revealed a pole orientation, or tilt, of approximately four degrees more to the asteroid's east than scientists previously thought. This...

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...


Latest Dawn Reference Libraries

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2004-10-19 04:45:44

NEAR-Shoemaker Mission -- The Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous - Shoemaker (NEAR Shoemaker), renamed after its launch in honor of Gene Shoemaker, is an unmanned spacecraft designed to study the near-Earth asteroid Eros from close orbit over a period of a year. The primary scientific objectives of NEAR were to return data on the bulk properties, composition, mineralogy, morphology, internal mass distribution and magnetic field of Eros. Secondary objectives include studies of regolith...

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