Thursday, 19 May 2011


A somewhat forgotten (or badly marketed) mission to investigate asteroids Vesta and Ceres. Anyway, Dawn has captured its first image of Vesta:

JPL Press Release

NASA's Dawn spacecraft illustrated in this artist's concept
This image shows the first, unprocessed image obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft of the giant asteroid Vesta in front of a background of stars. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA
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May 11, 2011 - PASADENA, Calif. -- NASA's Dawn spacecraft has obtained its first image of the giant asteroid Vesta, which will help fine-tune navigation during its approach. Dawn is expected to achieve orbit around Vesta on July 16, when the asteroid is about 188 million kilometers (117 million miles) from Earth.

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