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Exploring the asteroid belt with ion propulsion: Dawn mission history, status and plans

Russell, C.T. and Barucci, M.A. and Binzel, R.P. and Capria, M.T. and Christensen, U. and Coradini, A. and De Sanctis, M.C. and Feldman, W.C. and Jaumann, R. and Keller, H.U. and Konopliv, A.S. and McCord, T.B. and McFadden, L.A. and McKeegan, K.D. and McSween, H.Y. and Mottola, Stefano and Nathues, A. and Neukum, G. and Pieters, C.M. and Prettyman, T.H. and Raymond, C.A. and Sierks, H. and Smith, D.E. and Spohn, T. and Sykes, M.V. and Vilas, F. and Zuber, M.T. (2007) Exploring the asteroid belt with ion propulsion: Dawn mission history, status and plans. Advances in Space Research, 40, pp. 193-201. Elsevier. DOI: 10.1016/j.asr.2007.05.083.

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In this report, we describe the journey Dawn has taken in the recent past, its present status, and its future mission. The overall objective of Dawn is to explore backward in time via its observations of the primitive bodies, Vesta and Ceres. Thus Dawn embarks on three journeys. The first is its tumultuous temporal terrestrial trek during development. The second is its soon-to-be voyage in space to 4 Vesta, the second most massive asteroid in the main belt, and to 1 Ceres, the most massive. The third is its journey backward in time to infer the conditions as the solar system was formed. Finally, we discuss how it is possible to go back even further in time, beyond the horizon of the Dawn mission to obtain “pre Dawn” observations at 10 Hygiea, the fourth most massive asteroid, and one more primitive than Vesta and Ceres.

Document Type:Article
Title:Exploring the asteroid belt with ion propulsion: Dawn mission history, status and plans
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Russell, C.T.UCLA
Barucci, M.A.LESIA
Binzel, R.P.MIT
Capria, M.T.IASF
Christensen, U.MPS
Coradini, A.IASF
De Sanctis, M.C.IASF
Feldman, W.C.PSI
Keller, H.U.MPS
Konopliv, A.S.JPL
McCord, T.B.SSI
McFadden, L.A.UoM
McKeegan, K.D.UCLA
McSween, H.Y.DEPS
Mottola, StefanoUNSPECIFIED
Nathues, A.MPS
Neukum, G.FU Berlin
Pieters, C.M.Brown Univ.
Prettyman, T.H.LANL
Raymond, C.A.JPL
Sierks, H.MPS
Smith, D.E.NASA
Sykes, M.V.PSI
Vilas, F.MMT Observatory
Zuber, M.T.MIT
Journal or Publication Title:Advances in Space Research
Refereed publication:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Page Range:pp. 193-201
Keywords:Asteroids, Vesta, Ceres, Hygeia, Ion propulsion
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W EW - Erforschung des Weltraums
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W EW - Erforschung des Weltraums
DLR - Research theme (Project):W - Projekt DAWN (old)
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Planetary Research > Asteroids and Comets
Institute of Planetary Research
Institute of Planetary Research > Planetary Geology
Deposited By: Dr.phys. Stefano Mottola
Deposited On:07 Nov 2007
Last Modified:27 Apr 2009 14:25

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