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Del Palmer
post Oct 2 2007, 05:14 PM
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Latest Dawn journal:

http://dawn.jpl.nasa.gov/mission/journal_9_30_07.asp


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post Oct 2 2007, 05:41 PM
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Interesting journal. Hopefully, a "Where is Dawn now?" page will be posted on the mission website soon.


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post Oct 3 2007, 02:38 AM
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QUOTE (punkboi @ Oct 3 2007, 03:41 AM) *
Interesting journal. Hopefully, a "Where is Dawn now?" page will be posted on the mission website soon.

Speaking of "Where is Dawn now?", where the "Dawn" subforum on UMSF.com? Or are we going to continue working out of this present thread from now until it reaches the asteroid belt?

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post Oct 3 2007, 06:59 AM
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It doesn't need a subforum until it starts doing science in a few years. It has ONE thread right now...maybe it'll get another - but a thread on it's own in a subforum would be a tumble-weed like situation. On that basis, the front page of the C & AM subforum would need to be split into 6 subforums which would be a pointless overcomplication.

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post Oct 3 2007, 07:09 AM
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I could see the creation of a new thread though wink.gif


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post Oct 3 2007, 08:47 AM
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QUOTE (volcanopele @ Oct 3 2007, 09:09 AM) *
I could see the creation of a new thread though wink.gif

That might be a good idea, seeing as how it's finally happening and on its way. 30 pages to go through just to read the current news is a bit of an overkill smile.gif


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post Oct 4 2007, 02:03 AM
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QUOTE (djellison @ Oct 3 2007, 04:59 PM) *
It doesn't need a subforum until it starts doing science in a few years. It has ONE thread right now...maybe it'll get another - but a thread on it's own in a subforum would be a tumble-weed like situation.

I notice Phoenix isn't "doing science" thus far either yet it has a subforum all its very own.

And then there's MSL, which last I checked hasn't even been built yet, much less launched.

And of course there's New Horizons which will be spending much of the next decade in hiberation before it starts doing science at Pluto, and Messenger which is still heading Mercury-ward. True, both did do a teensie bit of science at Jupiter and Venus, respectively. On the other hand I do seem to recall them getting their own sub-forums (sub-fora?) even before they got that far.

On the other hand I notice Kayuga hasn't got a subforum of its own yet either so I guess that puts Dawn in good company. rolleyes.gif

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post Oct 4 2007, 04:57 AM
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I think it's simpler than that; it's because there is no "Where is Dawn" link on the page yet. Until then, they haven't officially lanched, as far as I'm concerned, and they don't deserve a subforum yet.

Perhaps we should start a new thread titled "Where is Dawn?"

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post Oct 4 2007, 08:50 AM
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QUOTE (Stephen @ Oct 4 2007, 03:03 AM) *
I notice Phoenix... MSL... New Horizons...


Yeah, but look at how many threads are in each of those forums, too many for me to count!

Once the threads start mounting then a case for keeping them all together in a sub-forum can be made, but that time isn't now.

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post Oct 4 2007, 10:00 AM
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Here's where Dawn is now:


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Earth as seen from Dawn:


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post Oct 4 2007, 10:54 AM
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QUOTE (Stephen @ Oct 4 2007, 03:03 AM) *
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Yeah - that pretty much sums it up. Subforums get made when they're required - not becaue of some line in the sand or event that takes place. They're made because one topic dominates another forum.

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post Oct 4 2007, 05:27 PM
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QUOTE (CAP-Team @ Oct 4 2007, 03:00 AM) *
Here's where Dawn is now:


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Earth as seen from Dawn:


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Cool- Did you create that yourself? Or which website did you get that from?

EDIT: Interesting that Phoenix has been near Earth ever since launch... I think the second TCM later this month should change that


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post Oct 4 2007, 05:56 PM
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QUOTE (punkboi @ Oct 4 2007, 07:27 PM) *
I think the second TCM later this month should change that

No, it won't. TCMs are correction maneuvers, not huge boosts.


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post Oct 4 2007, 09:20 PM
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QUOTE (punkboi @ Oct 4 2007, 07:27 PM) *
Cool- Did you create that yourself? Or which website did you get that from?

EDIT: Interesting that Phoenix has been near Earth ever since launch... I think the second TCM later this month should change that


Yes, I created the image with a program called xplanet (by Hari Nair) and you can use spice kernels you can download from the NASA NAIF site.
It's a bit like Celestia but for still images.

Phoenix is still relatively close to Earth because it went inwards first (thus moving faster than Earth) , it's just since last week Phoenix is starting to move out.
Phoenix and Dawn will stay relatively close to each other till Phoenix reaches Mars.
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post Oct 4 2007, 09:27 PM
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Wow, you're right, Dawn is available on the NAIF site smile.gif Which means I can import it into Celestia, sweetness! Wish New Horizons was available...


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