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Dawn's last mission extensions at Ceres, From XMO3 to EOM
post Yesterday, 01:28 AM
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Another asteroid flyby would be cool, but I'd like to stay at Ceres to monitor it though perihelion to see if any changes/outgassing can be detected.

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post Yesterday, 04:22 AM
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Perihelion is next April, and it does seem as if most water vapor detections by remote sensors have happened around then.

I concur with Ted.

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post Yesterday, 06:40 AM
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I agree, stay at Ceres, but in a long term parking orbit that would allow for long term observations, with possible dips to a close orbit for flybys of anything interesting. I doubt we'll see significant changes, but maybe we'll get lucky. Occator crater is such an enigma, with the youth of the central mound. It is fascinating that two icy bodies (Ceres and Enceladus) that span an order of magnitude of sizes have localized activity.

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