Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Dawn begins Ceres approach for orbital rendezvous

Like the end of a very long and eventful road trip, NASA's Dawn spacecraft has its main goal in sight. The space agency says that the unmanned probe has emerged from behind the Sun as it uses its ion propulsion to catch up with the dwarf planet Ceres in the asteroid belt and that mission control was able to re-establish contact. The craft has received instructions for executing a series of maneuvers that will take it on its final approach phase, which will end with it going into orbit around Ceres... Continue Reading Dawn begins Ceres approach for orbital rendezvous

Section: Space

Tags: Asteroid, Ceres, Dawn, Dwarf planet, ion engine, JPL, NASA, Spacecraft, Unmanned

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