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Dawn Journal: Spiralling Down

Marc Rayman • June 15, 2018 • 5

Propelled by the perfect combination of xenon ions, hydrazine rocket propellant and adrenaline, Dawn is on the verge of its most ambitious exploits yet.

Dawn Journal: Getting Elliptical

Marc Rayman • May 25, 2018 • 2

For the first time in almost a year, the Dawn mission control room at JPL is aglow with blue.

Dawn Journal: The Final Countdown

Marc Rayman • April 02, 2018 • 1

The Dawn mission has only one revolution to go before the spacecraft begins the final campaign of its long and rewarding deep-space adventure.

Dawn Journal: 4 Billion Miles

Marc Rayman • January 17, 2018 • 3

Permanently in residence at dwarf planet Ceres, Dawn is now preparing to add some finishing touches to its mission.

Dawn Journal: Second Extended Mission

Marc Rayman • November 03, 2017 • 1

Building on the successes of its primary mission and its first extended mission, NASA has approved the veteran explorer for a second extended mission.

Dawn Journal: 10 Years in Space

Marc Rayman • October 04, 2017 • 1

A decade after leaving its first home in the solar system, Dawn is healthy and successful at its current residence around Ceres.

Dawn Journal: Still More Science

Marc Rayman • July 11, 2017 • 5

Orbiting the only dwarf planet inside the orbit of Neptune, Dawn is healthy and continuing to carry out its assignments at Ceres, which includes keeping an eye on cosmic rays.

Dawn Journal: Adaptations

Marc Rayman • May 30, 2017 • 9

On the other side of the solar system, invisible by virtue both of the blinding glare of the sun and by the vastness of the distance, Dawn is continuing its remarkable cosmic adventure.

Learn the rocket equation, part 2

David Shortt • May 05, 2017 • 2

In the second and final chapter of our series, we’ll explore what the rocket equation has to say about travel through the solar system, using the example of launching a rocket to Pluto.

Dawn Journal: On Course for Opposition

Marc Rayman • May 01, 2017 • 1

The Dawn spacecraft is about to swing into a new orbital path to observe the enigmatic "bright spots" in Occator Crater on Ceres—among other targets.

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