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.
|Title:||Exploring the asteroid belt with ion propulsion: Dawn mission history, status and plans|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Advances in Space Research|
|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|
|HGF - Program:||Space|
|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)|
|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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