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Dawn Mission Outreach E-Bulletin                              42nd Edition      September 7, 2012

IT'S TIME!!

DAWN MISSION GOOGLE+ HANGOUT

HASTA LA VESTA
Dawn Mission Google+ Hangout

September 8, 2012
12:00 p.m. PDT 

Heart-shaped hollow on Vesta
Left My Heart at Vesta! Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA
Our team members are ready and rocking to share their stories and answer your questions tomorrow during the Dawn Mission's first Google+ Hangout.
They include:
  • Dr. Tom Prettyman, Science Team and GRaND lead, Planetary Science Institute
  • Drs. Tim Weise and Charles Garner, NASA JPL Flight Operations Team
  • Drs. Lucille Le Corre and Vishnu Reddy, Framing Camera Team, Max Plank Institute for Solar System Research, Berlin, Germany
  • Dr. Debra Buczkowski, Participating Scientist, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

Here are the ways you can watch the Dawn Mission Google+ Hangout: 

There is still time! Post questions for the Dawn team!

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MARVESTALOUS 

Marc Rayman September 5, 2012
From Dawn's Chief Engineer, Dr. Marc Rayman:
An interplanetary spaceship left Earth in 2007. Propelling itself gently and patiently through the solar system with a blue-green beam of xenon ions, it gradually spiraled away from the sun. In July 2011, it gracefully entered orbit around the second most massive resident of the main asteroid belt, Vesta. It spent more than 13 months there scrutinizing the gigantic protoplanet, maneuvering to different orbits to optimize its investigations, making myriad marvelous discoveries. After they traveled together around the sun for 685 million kilometers (426 million miles), the ship left orbit early September 2012 and is now headed for dwarf planet Ceres, the largest body between the sun and Neptune not yet visited by a spacecraft. No other probe has ever been capable of the amazing feats Dawn is performing, exploring two of the largest uncharted worlds in the inner solar system.

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