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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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Abstract

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.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/51562/
Document Type:Article
Title:Exploring the asteroid belt with ion propulsion: Dawn mission history, status and plans
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Russell, C.T.UCLAUNSPECIFIED
Barucci, M.A.LESIAUNSPECIFIED
Binzel, R.P.MITUNSPECIFIED
Capria, M.T.IASFUNSPECIFIED
Christensen, U.MPSUNSPECIFIED
Coradini, A.IASFUNSPECIFIED
De Sanctis, M.C.IASFUNSPECIFIED
Feldman, W.C.PSIUNSPECIFIED
Jaumann, R.UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Keller, H.U.MPSUNSPECIFIED
Konopliv, A.S.JPLUNSPECIFIED
McCord, T.B.SSIUNSPECIFIED
McFadden, L.A.UoMUNSPECIFIED
McKeegan, K.D.UCLAUNSPECIFIED
McSween, H.Y.DEPSUNSPECIFIED
Mottola, StefanoUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Nathues, A.MPSUNSPECIFIED
Neukum, G.FU BerlinUNSPECIFIED
Pieters, C.M.Brown Univ.UNSPECIFIED
Prettyman, T.H.LANLUNSPECIFIED
Raymond, C.A.JPLUNSPECIFIED
Sierks, H.MPSUNSPECIFIED
Smith, D.E.NASAUNSPECIFIED
Spohn, T.UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Sykes, M.V.PSIUNSPECIFIED
Vilas, F.MMT ObservatoryUNSPECIFIED
Zuber, M.T.MITUNSPECIFIED
Date:2007
Journal or Publication Title:Advances in Space Research
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Volume:40
DOI :10.1016/j.asr.2007.05.083
Page Range:pp. 193-201
Publisher:Elsevier
Status:Published
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: Mottola, Dr.phys. Stefano
Deposited On:07 Nov 2007
Last Modified:27 Apr 2009 14:25

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