Dawn spacecraft arrives at Vesta rock’s orbit

Here’s the initial image, pic, picture, photo, and photograph of Vesta from orbit.  (I’ve noticed all the different search terms people are using for images.  Smile.)

Vesta from Dawn spacecraft orbit distance 9,500 kilometers July 17, 2011

Vesta from Dawn spacecraft orbit distance 9,500 kilometers July 17, 2011

Go here to see NASA info:

http://dawn.jpl.nasa.gov/multimedia/dawn_vesta_image_071711.asp

Previous NASA images are in my earlier post and updates:

https://paradoxolbers.wordpress.com/2011/06/18/one-month-to-vesta-rocks-dawn-orbit-1st-spin-movie/

After a year of shifting survey and mapping orbits, Dawn will relight its drive and start the 2 year and nine months flight to Ceres.  This will add another 20,000 hours of powered flight to the flightlog of these incredible engines; three are aboard Dawn, taking turns shaping its orbit with the 5-millionths of a earth gravity strength ion-drive thrust.

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