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It’s No Seven-Year Itch for Dawn: The Dwarf Planet Awaits

It’s No Seven-Year Itch for Dawn: The Dwarf Planet Awaits

By Marc Rayman As NASA’s Dawn spacecraft makes its journey to its second target, the dwarf planet Ceres, Marc Rayman, Dawn’s chief engineer, shares a monthly update on the mission’s progress. This illustration shows landmarks on Dawn’s voyage. After leaving Earth, the spacecraft flew past Mars to the giant protoplanet Vesta, where it spent 14 […]

It’s No Seven-Year Itch for Dawn: The Dwarf Planet Awaits

It’s No Seven-Year Itch for Dawn: The Dwarf Planet Awaits

By Marc Rayman As NASA’s Dawn spacecraft makes its journey to its second target, the dwarf planet Ceres, Marc Rayman, Dawn’s chief engineer, shares a monthly update on the mission’s progress. This illustration shows landmarks on Dawn’s voyage. After leaving Earth, the spacecraft flew past Mars to the giant protoplanet Vesta, where it spent 14 […]

It’s No Seven-Year Itch for Dawn: The Dwarf Planet Awaits

It’s No Seven-Year Itch for Dawn: The Dwarf Planet Awaits

By Marc Rayman As NASA’s Dawn spacecraft makes its journey to its second target, the dwarf planet Ceres, Marc Rayman, Dawn’s chief engineer, shares a monthly update on the mission’s progress. This illustration shows landmarks on Dawn’s voyage. After leaving Earth, the spacecraft flew past Mars to the giant protoplanet Vesta, where it spent 14 […]

How Dawn Will Get the Low-Down on the First Dwarf Planet Ever Discovered

How Dawn Will Get the Low-Down on the First Dwarf Planet Ever Discovered

By Marc Rayman As NASA’s Dawn spacecraft makes its journey to its second target, the dwarf planet Ceres, Marc Rayman, Dawn’s chief engineer, shares a monthly update on the mission’s progress. This image illustrates Dawn’s spiral transfer from high altitude mapping orbit (HAMO) to low altitude mapping orbit (LAMO). The trajectory turns from blue to […]

How Dawn Will Get the Low-Down on the First Dwarf Planet Ever Discovered

How Dawn Will Get the Low-Down on the First Dwarf Planet Ever Discovered

By Marc Rayman As NASA’s Dawn spacecraft makes its journey to its second target, the dwarf planet Ceres, Marc Rayman, Dawn’s chief engineer, shares a monthly update on the mission’s progress. This image illustrates Dawn’s spiral transfer from high altitude mapping orbit (HAMO) to low altitude mapping orbit (LAMO). The trajectory turns from blue to […]

Using the Force: Dawn Engineers Put to the Test

Using the Force: Dawn Engineers Put to the Test

By Marc Rayman As NASA’s Dawn spacecraft makes its journey to its second target, the dwarf planet Ceres, Marc Rayman, Dawn’s chief engineer, shares a monthly update on the mission’s progress. Artist’s comparison of the Dawn spacecraft, which has three ion engines, and a “Star Wars” TIE (Two Ion Engine) Fighter. Image credit: NASA/JPL Dear […]

Using the Force: Dawn Engineers Put to the Test

Using the Force: Dawn Engineers Put to the Test

By Marc Rayman As NASA’s Dawn spacecraft makes its journey to its second target, the dwarf planet Ceres, Marc Rayman, Dawn’s chief engineer, shares a monthly update on the mission’s progress. Artist’s comparison of the Dawn spacecraft, which has three ion engines, and a “Star Wars” TIE (Two Ion Engine) Fighter. Image credit: NASA/JPL Dear […]

Using the Force: Dawn Engineers Put to the Test

Using the Force: Dawn Engineers Put to the Test

By Marc Rayman As NASA’s Dawn spacecraft makes its journey to its second target, the dwarf planet Ceres, Marc Rayman, Dawn’s chief engineer, shares a monthly update on the mission’s progress. Artist’s comparison of the Dawn spacecraft, which has three ion engines, and a “Star Wars” TIE (Two Ion Engine) Fighter. Image credit: NASA/JPL Dear […]

Using the Force: Dawn Engineers Put to the Test

Using the Force: Dawn Engineers Put to the Test

By Marc Rayman As NASA’s Dawn spacecraft makes its journey to its second target, the dwarf planet Ceres, Marc Rayman, Dawn’s chief engineer, shares a monthly update on the mission’s progress. Artist’s comparison of the Dawn spacecraft, which has three ion engines, and a “Star Wars” TIE (Two Ion Engine) Fighter. Image credit: NASA/JPL Dear […]

Dawn’s Downward Spiral to Reveal New World Views

Dawn’s Downward Spiral to Reveal New World Views

By Marc Rayman As NASA’s Dawn spacecraft makes its journey to its second target, the dwarf planet Ceres, Marc Rayman, Dawn’s chief engineer, shares a monthly update on the mission’s progress. Artist’s concept of Dawn in its high altitude mapping orbit at dwarf planet Ceres. Credit: NASA/JPL Dear Mastodawns, Deep in the main asteroid belt, […]

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