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This artist’s concept shows NASA’s Dawn spacecraft orbiting the giant asteroid Vesta

Dawn Easing into its Final Science Orbit

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June 14, 2012 - PASADENA, Calif. -- This artist’s concept shows NASA’s Dawn spacecraft orbiting the giant asteroid Vesta. The depiction of Vesta is based on images obtained by Dawn’s framing cameras.

Dawn's mission is managed by JPL for NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington. Dawn is a project of the directorate's Discovery Program, managed by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. UCLA is responsible for overall Dawn mission science. Orbital Sciences Corp. in Dulles, Va., designed and built the spacecraft. The German Aerospace Center, the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, the Italian Space Agency and the Italian National Astrophysical Institute are international partners on the mission team. The California Institute of Technology in Pasadena manages JPL for NASA.

To view the new images and for more information about the Dawn mission, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/dawn.

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

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