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Keri Bean talking to interested Dawn fans at JPL Open House 2014
Oct. 11-12, 2014 Pasadena, CA-- The event, themed “Welcome to Our Universe,” took 45,716 visitors on a “ride” through the wonders of space. At the Dawn mission booth, the crowd was wowed by a replica of the Dawn spacecraft, 3-D Vesta printouts, a spinning globe showing the varying thermo areas of Vesta, a real ion engine, and beautiful displays featuring information about NASA Dawn’s journey to asteroids Vesta and Ceres.
Kristina Larson at Oct. 6 G+ Hangout
Oct. 6, 2014 - G+ Hangout-- Test, test, and re-test. That’s Dawn's motto—and a requirement for all missions flown by NASA. Spacecraft go through extensive planning and testing before launch and throughout flight. When a spacecraft is hundreds of millions of miles from Earth, how do they manage it?
Variations in the surface composition in and around the crater Numisia
Sept. 16- Pasadena, CA News Release -- The Dawn spacecraft has resumed normal ion thrusting after the thrusting unexpectedly stopped and the spacecraft entered safe mode on September 11.
Variations in the surface composition in and around the crater Numisia
Aug 15, 2014 - Max Planck News Release -- With Deputy Mission Manager, Tim Weise at the helm, meet other flight team members and find out just what goes into driving the Dawn spacecraft.
CarlePieters
Aug. 4, 2014 - Carle Pieters, professor in the Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences and co-investigator on NASA’s Dawn mission, has been awarded the Medal of International Cooperation by COSPAR, an organization that promotes international research in space.
Variations in the surface composition in and around the crater Numisia
July 2, 2014 - Max Planck News Release -- Rocks are silent storytellers: because each mineral is created only under certain conditions, they provide insight into the evolution of the body on which they are found.
Using the Clementine color ratios, the difference in the amount of reflected red or blue light is made more obvious on model of Vesta
May 23, 2014 - Dawn spent a productive fourteen months orbiting its first destination, giant asteroid Vesta, in 2011-12, gathering splendid sets of data. The spacecraft may have moved on, but the science team continues to explore that data, enriching our understanding of Vesta's formation and history.
Flight Team for NASA's Dawn Mission
March 26, 2014

The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum Trophy for 2014 was awarded in the Current Achievement category to the Dawn Flight Team. They were presented their awards March 26 at a black-tie dinner in Washington, D.C.

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Artist rendition of dwarf planet Ceres depicting a thin water vapor atmosphere
January 22, 2014 - Herschel News Release -- Scientists using the Herschel space observatory have made the first definitive detection of water vapor on the largest and roundest object in the asteroid belt, Ceres.
composite image from NASA's Dawn mission showing flow of material inside and outside a crater called Aelia on the giant asteroid Vesta
December 16, 2013 - PASADENA, Calif. --
Some beauty is revealed only at a second glance.
Artist's concept shows NASA's Dawn spacecraft heading toward the dwarf planet Ceres
December 3, 2013 - PASADENA, Calif. --
What's the schedule for Dawn's visit to the largest object in the main asteroid belt?
colorized map showing types of rocks and minerals distributed around the surface Vesta
November 6, 2013 - PASADENA, Calif. --
A new analysis of data from NASA's Dawn mission suggests the story of Vesta's formation isn't as simple as scientists thought.
Topographic map of the Vesta as discerned by NASA's Dawn spacecraft
September 27, 2013 - PASADENA, Calif. -- Scientists can now compare features first seen at a distance through a telescope to those seen up-close by an orbiting spacecraft.

An atlas of the giant asteroid Vesta, created from images taken as NASA's Dawn mission orbited the protoplanet
September 13, 2013 - PASADENA, Calif. --New images from NASA's Dawn mission show the giant asteroid Vesta at the scale of regional road touring maps.

Mosaic of the moon, based on data from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter;n image of Vesta from data obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft. The insets show thin sections of the lunar sample 10069-13 and eucrite NWA1978
March 25, 2013 - PASADENA, Calif. -- Scientists from NASA's Lunar Science Institute (NLSI) in Moffett Field, Calif., discovered that the same population of high-speed projectiles that impacted our lunar neighbor four billion years ago, also hit the giant asteroid Vesta and perhaps other large asteroids.

Composite-color view of Cornelia crater on asteroid Vesta
January 3, 2013 - PASADENA, Calif. -- A new study of images from NASA's Dawn mission examines remarkable, dark-as-coal material that speckles the surface of the giant asteroid Vesta. Scientists are using the images, taken by Dawn's framing camera, to understand the impact environment early in Vesta's evolution.






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