30 November 2012
The Dawn spacecraft is accomplishing it’s mission beautifully.
I have been following Dawn’s progress for many months via the NASA and JPL websites. This relatively small and inexpensive spacecraft has now completed it’s mission to the asteroid, Vista, and is on it’s way to the dwarf planet, Ceres, where it will arrive in February 2015.
For additional information – – –
An excellent overview of the Dawn Mission is available on the NASA website;
The location of the Dawn spacecraft at any moment can be found on the JPL website;
Dawn Chief Engineer’s Mission Log and links to more than you ever wanted to know about space travel in general and the Dawn Mission in particular;
And, of course you will find dozens of links to images and additional information on the web pages listed above.
If you want to find our where Vista and Ceres are located in the night sky, Google:
APOD 27 Nov 2012
This will show you a photo of the sky with both Vista and Seres pointed out on the image.
- Data from NASA’s Dawn spacecraft data reveals changing surface on Giant Asteroid Vesta (clarksvilleonline.com)
- Dawn Sees ‘Young’ Surface on Giant Asteroid (spacefellowship.com)
- Images from the long-awaited Dawn Vesta data set (planetary.org)
- Dawn Comes Closer to Go Farther (blogs.jpl.nasa.gov)
- Dawn Sees ‘Young’ Surface on Vesta (spaceref.com)