Space Exploration

How NASA’s Dawn Asteroid Mission Works [Infographic]

Dawn Vesta and Ceres missionRecently NASA’s Dawn spacecraft achieved orbit around Vesta on July 17. The first photos of the giant asteroid were taken then.

The following infographic explains the whole mission of the Dawn spacecraft. After a full year orbiting and studying Vesta, the spacecraft will move on to the dwarf planet Ceres, which it is scheduled to reach in February 2015. It is hoped that by studying the two largest members of the asteroid belt we will know much more about the origin of the belt as well as the whole of the solar system.
NASA Dawn mission infographic

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Paul Tomaszewski is a science & tech writer as well as a programmer and entrepreneur. He is the founder and editor-in-chief of CosmoBC. He has a degree in computer science from John Abbott College, a bachelor's degree in technology from the Memorial University of Newfoundland, and completed some business and economics classes at Concordia University in Montreal. While in college he was the vice-president of the Astronomy Club. In his spare time he is an amateur astronomer and enjoys reading or watching science-fiction. You can follow him on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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