December, 2006 - GRaND functional testing, reported by Tom Prettyman at LANL

December 16-17, we completed functional testing of GRaND following spacecraft (S/C) vibe and pyroshock. GRaND performed nominally and is ready to proceed to the next phase of environmental testing.

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October, 2006 - Solar Array Panels Attached to Dawn Spacecraft

Although the individual components of the spacecraft have already been tested, the point of the testing in Orbital Sciences Corporation's Environmental Test Facility is to verify that the fully assembled spacecraft will survive the rigors of launch and be able to fulfill its ambitious mission of exploration in deep space.

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September, 2006 - Dawn Spacecraft in Cleanroom at Orbital Sciences

Technicians complete the interior assembly of the spacecraft before installing the panels.

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August, 2006 - Dawn Spacecraft Placed in Thermal Vacuum Chamber

The Dawn spacecraft was moved into a vacuum chamber in the cleanroom and was baked for about a week for the purpose of driving off undesirable contaminants.

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March 27, 2006 - Dawn Mission Reinstated

NASA senior management announced a decision Monday to reinstate the Dawn mission, a robotic exploration of two major asteroids. "We revisited a number of technical and financial challenges and the work being done to address them," said NASA Associate Administrator Rex Geveden, who chaired the review panel. "Our review determined the project team has made substantive progress on many of this mission's technical issues, and, in the end, we have confidence the mission will succeed."

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March 2, 2006 - 2006 Mission Status

On March 2, 2006 NASA cancelled the DAWN mission. The Dawn spacecraft would have visited two of the solar system's largest asteroids, Ceres and Vesta, during a nine-year voyage.