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Dawn Mission Outreach E-Bulletin                              39th Edition      April 27, 2012


three views of the crater, Vibida, on Vesta.
These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft's framing camera show three views of crater, Vibida. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA

News Release: April 25, 2012

Pasadena, California

NASA's Dawn spacecraft has revealed unexpected details on the surface of the giant asteroid Vesta. New images and data highlight the diversity of Vesta's surface and reveal unusual geologic features, some of which have never been seen on asteroids before! Gorgeous new images and video from our instruments illustrate scientists'

newest stories from our (current) favorite asteroid, VESTA! 


✓ Read the JPL Press Release 


✓ Watch a cool movie comparing Vesta's surface topography to its gravity!




Mark RaymanDr. Marc Rayman on NASA DLN/UStream

Dr. Marc Rayman will be presenting on NASA's digital learning network (DLN) tomorrow, April 27, from 1:00 - 2:00 EDT! Join him as he describes the exciting Dawn mission, its two exotic destinations, and its use of ion propulsion-a technology that has mostly been in the domain of science fiction, now being used on Dawn.



✓ Link to the Digital Learning Network's DLiNfo Channel

✓ Visit the Digital Learning Network's Ustream for
more details  

✓ Read Marc's March Dawn Journal, Dawnscoverers!



women working at Vesta Fiesta
Come Palooza with Dawn and NASA

USA Science and Engineering Festival
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington DC
April 28 & 29, 2012
This second annual Expo and Book Fair starts at 10 a.m. both mornings and is free to the public. Dawn education and public outreach peeps will engage you and your family in fun activities and share mission-related educational materials. Come palooza with us in the NASA exhibits: Hall A, Booth Numbers 3722 - 3757.

✓ For more information, explore the festival website!
✓ Visit Dawn online!


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