Dawn (spacecraft)

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Dawn Flight Configuration 2.jpg
Artist's concept of Dawn with Vesta (left) & Ceres (right) (the proximity of Vesta to Ceres is not to scale.)
Organization: NASA
Mission type: Flyby / Orbiter
Flyby of: Mars (February 4, 2009)
Satellite of: Vesta (currently)
Ceres (planned)
Orbital insertion date: Vesta: July 2011
Ceres: February 2015 (planned)
Launch date: 2007-09-27
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Launch vehicle: Delta 7925-H
Launch site: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
Mission duration: Until July 2015
Webpage: dawn.jpl.nasa.gov

Dawn is an unmanned NASA space probe.[1] It has orbited and studied the asteroid Vesta, which is in the asteroid belt.[1]

Dawn was launched on September 27, 2007[1][2][3][4] at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station aboard a Delta 7925-H rocket.[2][3] It then travelled to Mars for a gravity assist, making its closest approach to Mars on February 2009.[1]

One of the photos Dawn took of Vesta

Next, Dawn set off for Vesta.[1] It went into orbit in July, 2011.[1] In September 2012, Dawn left Vesta and headed for Ceres,[1] a dwarf planet in the asteroid belt. The space probe should start orbiting Ceres in February 2015.[1][4][5] By the time Dawn reaches Ceres, it will have travelled 5.1 billion km.[4]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Schilling, Govert (July 2011), "Solar System sleuth", BBC Sky at Night Magazine (74): 38-43
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Dawn Launch". NASA. http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/dawn/launch/index.html. Retrieved 2011-08-16.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Week in Photos: Dawn Lifts Off, Pike Poisoned, More". National Geographic. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2007/09/photogalleries/wip-week48/. Retrieved 2011-08-16.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Gilliland, Ben (2011-07-25), "First light of Dawn settles on Vesta", Metro (London: Associated Newspapers): 22-23
  5. "NASA spacecraft Dawn is orbiting Vesta asteroid". The Daily Telegraph. 2011-07-19. http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/breaking-news/nasa-spacecraft-dawn-is-orbiting-vesta-asteroid/story-e6freuyi-1226097359392. Retrieved 2011-08-16.

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