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Dawn approaches Vesta, Approach phase, 3 May to 16 July 2011
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post Jun 23 2011, 05:13 PM
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Reminder that there is now less than an hour to go until the DAWN news conference.

Christopher Russell will be among those on the panel.

DAWN is currently 98,300 miles (158,000 km) from Vesta, closing in on it at about four times my normal driving speed.
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post Jun 23 2011, 06:00 PM
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Starting now...
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post Jun 23 2011, 06:01 PM
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Some images have appeared here.


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post Jun 23 2011, 06:13 PM
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uhhhhhh thanks uhhhh for those uhhhhhh images uhhhhhh


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post Jun 23 2011, 06:21 PM
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I took the approach video and pulled out individual frames, 124 of them. UMSFers: have at them and post results here!
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post Jun 23 2011, 06:24 PM
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This approach video?


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post Jun 23 2011, 06:28 PM
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Prank call: something about a squid and Hubble?
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post Jun 23 2011, 06:29 PM
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Here's the June 20 sequence as an animated GIF:
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post Jun 23 2011, 06:33 PM
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The approach movie with rotation sequences is pretty cool.
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post Jun 23 2011, 06:37 PM
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Looks like Vesta lived in a rough neighborhood.
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post Jun 23 2011, 06:41 PM
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They didn't take my call so I didn't get to ask a question sad.gif


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post Jun 23 2011, 06:42 PM
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The details on the hosts' careers was rather interesting, as well as showing the 'sample' of Vesta we already possess.
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post Jun 23 2011, 06:46 PM
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Press conference was just 39 minutes long. There were NO REAL QUESTIONS. Those news-guys present were actually yawning. sad.gif
Why don't they take questions from internet forums (like this one) for example.
Such an interesting mission, such an interesting story to be told to ignorant idiots.

BTW:
All images of Vesta released to date are quite a bit blurry. Is that the result from to much magnification or what?


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post Jun 23 2011, 07:03 PM
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Press release by MPS is now available:

The Faces of Vesta
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post Jun 23 2011, 07:07 PM
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The Dawn FC's angular resolution is 94 microradians. So if the most recent pictures were taken from 189000 km, then they should have about 18 km resolution, or about 30 pixels north to south on Vesta. Vesta actually measures about 160 pixels in these images, so it's been enlarged substantially, by a factor of 5 or 6.

(Someone please check my arithmetic.)


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