Dawn's Vesta approach phase begins in one month. In the meantime...

Sunday, April 03, 2011

Here's what Vesta looks like now to Dawn:

After a successful week full of instrument and ion propulsion tests, Dawn resumed its familiar routine, propelling itself to Vesta. If you were onboard now, you might be hungry, cold, and hypoxic, but you also would recognize the destination as the brightest starlike jewel in the beautiful display of celestial gems. Soon, the patience that Dawn has demonstrated in its remarkable journey will be rewarded, as the glowing pinpoint of light will grow to reveal a world full of exciting secrets ready to be unveiled.
Total distance to Vesta now is just 2.3 million km, or 6 times the distance to the Moon. Arrival will take place in July, so not much longer now...


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