May 15, 2018 — Dawn Ready for New Ceres Observations

Yesterday Dawn completed one month of maneuvering with its ion engine to a new orbit around dwarf planet Ceres. Now in extended mission orbit 6 (XMO6), Dawn will take pictures as well as infrared and visible spectra starting today. The March Dawn Journal described the plans for this new phase of the mission.

Dawn was aiming for an elliptical orbit that ranged in altitude from 270 miles (440 kilometers) to 2,900 miles (4,700 kilometers), and measurements of the orbit parameters by Dawn's navigation team after thrusting completed confirmed that the spaceship is right on target.