Artist's concept of Dawn with Vesta (left) & Ceres (right) (the proximity of Vesta to Ceres is not to scale.)
|Mission type:||Flyby / Orbiter|
|Flyby of:||Mars (February 4, 2009)|
|Satellite of:||Vesta (currently)
|Orbital insertion date:||Vesta: July 2011
Ceres: February 2015 (planned)
( 6 years, 192 days ago)
|Launch vehicle:||Delta 7925-H|
|Launch site:||Cape Canaveral Air Force Station|
|Mission duration:||Until July 2015|
Dawn was launched on September 27, 2007 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station aboard a Delta 7925-H rocket. It then travelled to Mars for a gravity assist, making its closest approach to Mars on February 2009.
Next, Dawn set off for Vesta. It went into orbit in July, 2011. In September 2012, Dawn left Vesta and headed for Ceres, a dwarf planet in the asteroid belt. The space probe should start orbiting Ceres in February 2015. By the time Dawn reaches Ceres, it will have travelled 5.1 billion km.
References[change | edit source]
- Schilling, Govert (July 2011), "Solar System sleuth", BBC Sky at Night Magazine (74): 38-43
- "Dawn Launch". NASA. http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/dawn/launch/index.html. Retrieved 2011-08-16.
- "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.
- Gilliland, Ben (2011-07-25), "First light of Dawn settles on Vesta", Metro (London: Associated Newspapers): 22-23
- "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.
Other websites[change | edit source]
- "Dawn Mission Overview". NASA. http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/dawn/mission/index.html. Retrieved 2011-08-16.
- "Video: NASA Asteroid Probe Launched" (Video). National Geographic. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2007/09/070927-dawn-video.html. Retrieved 2011-08-16.