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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.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., July 27, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Juno spacecraft completed its last significant terrestrial journey on Wednesday, with a 15-mile (25-kilometer) trip from Astrotech Space Operations in Titusville, Fla., to its launch pad at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
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.
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...
- A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.