Artistic montage of Dawn firing its ion rocket...

Artistic montage of Dawn firing its ion rocket engine, with conjectural Vesta, Ceres (right), and asteroid field. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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;
(URL) http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/dawn/mission/index.html

The location of the Dawn spacecraft at any moment can be found on the JPL website;
(URL) http://dawn.jpl.nasa.gov/mission/live_shots.asp

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;
(URL) http://dawn.jpl.nasa.gov/mission/journal.asp

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.



About w6bky

Retired 29 May 1987. Now do hobbies: blogging, ham radio, gardening, etc.
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