Minor Planets Section        


March 22, 2011

Dawn Spacecraft Approaches Vesta

The Dawn spacecraft is now only 4.2 million kilometers from Vesta, and
will reach its target in another four months.  The most comprehensive
description which I have ever read about the maneuverings by the ion thrust
engine, and the plan to achieve science goals while in orbit, has been posted.


Frederick Pilcher
ALPO Minor Planets Section Coordinator

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