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Dawn Maneuvering to Third Science Orbit


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Dawn spacecraft above Ceres

This artist concept shows NASA's Dawn spacecraft above dwarf planet Ceres, as seen in images from the mission.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA

NASA's Dawn spacecraft is using its ion propulsion system to descend to its third mapping orbit at Ceres, and all systems are operating well. The spiral maneuvering over the next five weeks will take the spacecraft to an altitude of about 900 miles (less than 1,500 kilometers) above the dwarf planet.

From Jet Propulsion Laboratory/NASA
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