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Dawn
Dawn
A mission to the asteroid belt
Organization

NASA

Major Contractors

Orbital Sciences, JPL, UCLA

Satellite Of

Mars (flyby) Vesta then Ceres

Launch

September 27, 2007, 7:34 a.m

Launch Vehicle

Delta 7925H

Mission Duration

8 years

Mass

1,250 kg (2,756 lb)

NSSDC ID

DAWN

Webpage

Dawn Home

Eccentricity

~ circular

Inclination

Polar

Dawn is a spacecraft made by JPL. I'ts mission is to explore the two biggest object is the asteroid belt: the asteroid Vesta and the dwarf planet Ceres. First Vesta will be visited in 2011 till 2012 and Ceres in 2015 Non of the two bodies have been visited before.

It is launched on 27 September 2007 and it made it's first flyby on 17 February 2009, at Mars. The spacecraft used Mars' gravity to 'slingshot' himself into deeper space.

launchEdit

On 27 September, 2007 the Dawn spacecraft was launched on board of a Delta II rocket. the rocket accelerated to 11.46 Km an hour thereafter the ion thruster took over.

missionEdit

statusEdit

spacecraftEdit

ion thruster Edit

galleryEdit

main article: Gallery of Dawn

see alsoEdit

referencesEdit

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