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Dawn's last mission extensions at Ceres, From XMO3 to EOM
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post Feb 1 2017, 02:37 PM
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This thread will cover all final phases of the Dawn mission, the end of which is not certain at this point.

XMO3 was suppose to be the final orbit, but now plans have changed and it will move into a new higher altitude and higher phase orbit soon. This will be XMO4.

An interesting monthly journal for January details the plan:

Dawn Journal 31 January 2017
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post Jan 11 2018, 09:03 PM
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Many details in the latest Dawn Journal: https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/blog/2017/12/dear-...awnce-travelers

Descent to lower orbit should start in April, though targeting of specific areas for higher resolution imagery is not guaranteed.
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- Holder of the Two Leashes   Dawn's last mission extensions at Ceres   Feb 1 2017, 02:37 PM
- - TheAnt   Ahuna mons have turned out to be what is called on...   Feb 4 2017, 06:09 PM
|- - ngunn   QUOTE (TheAnt @ Feb 4 2017, 06:09 PM) Now...   Feb 4 2017, 07:10 PM
|- - Gladstoner   QUOTE (TheAnt @ Feb 4 2017, 12:09 PM) Now...   Feb 4 2017, 08:16 PM
- - TheAnt   @Gladstoner: You might indeed have pointed out Ahu...   Feb 6 2017, 12:39 AM
|- - Gladstoner   QUOTE (TheAnt @ Feb 5 2017, 06:39 PM) Wha...   Feb 6 2017, 06:12 AM
|- - Daniele_bianchino_Italy   " Asteroid Dust Cloaks True Composition Of Dw...   Feb 8 2017, 09:46 AM
- - Daniele_bianchino_Italy   ? Is expected to map temperatures of Ceres? I expe...   Feb 8 2017, 09:53 AM
|- - Daniele_bianchino_Italy   QUOTE (Daniele_bianchino_Italy @ Feb 8 2017, ...   Feb 22 2017, 10:15 AM
|- - Habukaz   QUOTE (Daniele_bianchino_Italy @ Feb 8 2017, ...   Feb 26 2017, 01:25 PM
|- - Daniele_bianchino_Italy   QUOTE (Habukaz @ Feb 26 2017, 01:25 PM) S...   Mar 6 2017, 06:24 PM
- - Paolo   on today's Science (and behind the paywall... ...   Feb 17 2017, 06:03 AM
- - TheAnt   This is the kind of news that could have me litera...   Feb 18 2017, 04:46 PM
- - Explorer1   There's probably already samples of Ceres on E...   Feb 19 2017, 05:30 AM
|- - fredk   QUOTE (Explorer1 @ Feb 19 2017, 06:30 AM)...   Feb 19 2017, 03:50 PM
- - Explorer1   Yes, I was talking about launching from the surfac...   Feb 19 2017, 06:48 PM
- - PhilipTerryGraham   They're starting to publish XMO3 images on the...   Feb 25 2017, 11:02 AM
- - nprev   ADMIN MODE: Moved four recent posts to the former ...   Mar 10 2017, 04:14 PM
- - Gladstoner   Long-range image taken on March 28: https://photo...   Apr 9 2017, 08:08 PM
- - Holder of the Two Leashes   Dawn has lost another (third) reaction wheel. But...   Apr 27 2017, 01:16 PM
- - Explorer1   Opposition observation data received! https://...   May 2 2017, 04:15 AM
- - hendric   Man, if I ever win the lottery I'm going to wo...   May 3 2017, 04:20 PM
- - djellison   There are many old spacecraft with great reaction ...   May 4 2017, 04:37 AM
|- - hendric   QUOTE (djellison @ May 3 2017, 10:37 PM) ...   Jun 19 2017, 05:36 PM
- - Explorer1   Movie from opposition observations released: https...   May 18 2017, 10:08 PM
- - Holder of the Two Leashes   Dawn's fate to be decided soon. Sending it o...   Jun 18 2017, 09:31 PM
- - jasedm   It would be fantastic news if the budget allowed f...   Jun 19 2017, 08:29 PM
- - nprev   It'd be possible to make it back to the Earth...   Jun 19 2017, 11:09 PM
- - algorimancer   What about a Europa flyby, with some asteroid flyb...   Jun 20 2017, 05:25 PM
- - djellison   Europa? No way it'll survive that far from t...   Jun 20 2017, 05:45 PM
|- - tedstryk   Another asteroid flyby would be cool, but I'd ...   Jun 21 2017, 01:28 AM
|- - algorimancer   QUOTE (djellison @ Jun 20 2017, 12:45 PM)...   Jun 22 2017, 01:35 PM
- - nprev   Perihelion is next April, and it does seem as if m...   Jun 21 2017, 04:22 AM
|- - bobik   QUOTE (nprev @ Jun 21 2017, 04:22 AM) Per...   Jun 23 2017, 06:29 AM
- - hendric   I agree, stay at Ceres, but in a long term parking...   Jun 21 2017, 06:40 AM
- - Daniele_bianchino_Italy   I would like to stay up Ceres to the perihelion. H...   Jun 24 2017, 01:36 PM
- - Holder of the Two Leashes   It is confirmed that Dawn will stay at Ceres. Fr...   Nov 1 2017, 10:54 PM
- - Explorer1   Many details in the latest Dawn Journal: https://w...   Jan 11 2018, 09:03 PM
- - Daniele_bianchino_Italy   Where is Dawn? Notices on extended mission?   May 9 2018, 08:10 PM
- - Explorer1   I'm assuming no news is good news, they are st...   May 9 2018, 10:46 PM
- - Therion   Sharpened and enlarged views of Occator crater...   Jun 15 2018, 06:36 AM
|- - Daniele_bianchino_Italy   QUOTE (Therion @ Jun 15 2018, 07:36 AM) S...   Jun 18 2018, 08:45 AM
|- - Daniele_bianchino_Italy   QUOTE (Therion @ Jun 15 2018, 07:36 AM) S...   Jun 18 2018, 08:47 AM
|- - mcmcmc   QUOTE (Daniele_bianchino_Italy @ Jun 18 2018,...   Jun 19 2018, 12:02 PM
|- - Daniele_bianchino_Italy   QUOTE (charborob @ Jun 18 2018, 10:58 AM)...   Jun 19 2018, 05:30 PM
- - Explorer1   Really neat limb view here: https://photojournal.j...   Jun 15 2018, 01:07 PM
- - charborob   You can find those images here.   Jun 18 2018, 10:58 AM
- - Gladstoner   Cerealia Facula in Occator Crater: https://phot...   Jul 2 2018, 03:39 PM
- - Gladstoner   Vinalia Faculae, also in Occator: https://photo...   Jul 2 2018, 03:42 PM
- - Gladstoner   Occator floor fractures: https://photojournal.j...   Jul 2 2018, 03:46 PM
- - Explorer1   Amazing! I do not see a single crater in the t...   Jul 2 2018, 05:42 PM
- - Therion   Amazing! I really didn't expect we will se...   Jul 2 2018, 06:20 PM
|- - GS_Brazil   QUOTE (Therion @ Jul 2 2018, 03:20 PM) Re...   Jul 3 2018, 12:43 AM
- - Hungry4info   Approximate location of two of these images overla...   Jul 2 2018, 07:40 PM
- - Floyd   Many thanks for the context Hungry4info   Jul 2 2018, 10:47 PM
- - Gladstoner   It kind of looks like tiramisu   Jul 3 2018, 02:42 AM
- - wildespace   My quck ICE version: I tried using colour from ...   Jul 3 2018, 08:23 AM
- - mcmcmc   is it a lake or a hill?!? Are photo metadata a...   Jul 3 2018, 10:14 AM
|- - wildespace   QUOTE (mcmcmc @ Jul 3 2018, 11:14 AM) is ...   Jul 3 2018, 10:44 AM
- - Daniele_bianchino_Italy   It seems like exposure of sulfur after volcanic er...   Jul 4 2018, 08:00 AM
|- - HSchirmer   QUOTE (Daniele_bianchino_Italy @ Jul 4 2018, ...   Jul 4 2018, 04:48 PM
- - Gladstoner   My eyes are seeing something like this: 1. Be...   Jul 4 2018, 07:02 PM
- - Paolo   the Max Planck Institute site also has a striking ...   Jul 4 2018, 07:08 PM
- - Jaro_in_Montreal   Finally a closeup: Cerealia Facula in Occator Crat...   Jul 16 2018, 10:11 PM
- - Daniele_bianchino_Italy   I have Searched The areas seen so far at high reso...   Jul 17 2018, 11:20 AM
- - Gladstoner   Mosaic of Cerealia Facula in Occator Crater: http...   Jul 18 2018, 03:57 PM
|- - Therion   Oh my! Those mosaics are absolutely stunning...   Jul 18 2018, 08:07 PM
- - Explorer1   New Dawn journal, detailing how the images were ob...   Jul 18 2018, 07:54 PM
- - mcmcmc   Each pixel should cover around 3-3.5 meters in the...   Jul 19 2018, 07:10 AM
- - Daniele_bianchino_Italy   QUOTE (Therion @ Jun 15 2018, 07:36 AM) S...   Jul 19 2018, 08:42 AM
- - Gladstoner   It is proving quite difficult to visualize topogra...   Jul 19 2018, 06:13 PM
|- - wildespace   QUOTE (Gladstoner @ Jul 19 2018, 07:13 PM...   Jul 21 2018, 09:29 AM
- - Floyd   Save the image on you computer, open in an editor ...   Jul 19 2018, 06:41 PM
|- - Gladstoner   QUOTE (Floyd @ Jul 19 2018, 12:41 PM) Sav...   Jul 19 2018, 09:20 PM
- - Adam Hurcewicz   Here is my 3D version of Ahuna Mons. I use JMars ...   Jul 22 2018, 08:57 AM
- - Gladstoner   Parallel structures: https://photojournal.jpl.nas...   Aug 2 2018, 09:11 PM
- - Adam Hurcewicz   From this 2 images central peak of Urvara crater I...   Aug 3 2018, 04:36 PM
- - Explorer1   New Dawn journal (looks to be the penultimate one,...   Sep 4 2018, 07:18 PM


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