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Dawn Survey Orbit Phase, First orbital phase
Phil Stooke
post Aug 1 2011, 04:04 PM
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http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/dawn/new...wn20110801.html

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post Aug 1 2011, 04:07 PM
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Cool rotation movie!! What a cool mini-planet!
http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/videogaller...ia_id=104094441
I am at JPL now so ironically I can't do my usual quick image processing magic. I will plan to decompose this movie into separate frames and also make an animates GIF later today -- but would be very happy if someone else beat me to it!


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post Aug 1 2011, 04:15 PM
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The map is at the Photojournal now.

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post Aug 1 2011, 04:25 PM
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Whoa, groovy!


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post Aug 1 2011, 04:27 PM
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False color... interesting splashes.
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post Aug 1 2011, 04:57 PM
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Well, now we know what the image release policy is going to be in the future...like MESSENGER with a selected processed image of the day.
(But no raw images like MER or Cassini). Ah well.


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post Aug 1 2011, 04:58 PM
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There will still be PDS releases, right?
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post Aug 1 2011, 04:58 PM
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This image nicely showcases the equatorial grooves as well as curious dark spots in the dark hemisphere. I wonder what they're all about. Almost look like ejecta spray, but clumpy and more sporadic.


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post Aug 1 2011, 04:58 PM
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Press release on images presented: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/dawn/news/dawn20110801.html


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post Aug 1 2011, 04:59 PM
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QUOTE (Explorer1 @ Aug 1 2011, 06:58 PM) *
There will still be PDS releases, right?

Yes. I think that's pretty much mandatory for a U.S. mission. Not sure how it will play out with foreign instruments, but I wouldn't expect problems in this case.


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post Aug 1 2011, 05:12 PM
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Anyone know where/when the recording of the press conference will be available?
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post Aug 1 2011, 05:27 PM
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Missed the press conference. Is this a close-up of a potential lava flow? (the darker area in the top right)

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/dawn/mul...a/pia14324.html


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post Aug 1 2011, 05:30 PM
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One major thought I had coming out of the presser was on the comments regarding the formation of the grooves. Now, Chris Russell stated that one idea is that the grooves formed shortly after the SP impact when Vesta was initially compressed in the N-S direction and then rebounded, forming grooves at the equator. But I think there is another possibility: Upspinning. It is possible that the impact sped up Vesta's rotation. Upspinning would cause the equatorial radius to expand and the polar radius to contract, resulting in extension at the equator and compression at the mid- to high-latitudes. Similar upspin/despin/re-orientation scenarios have been discussed for Iapetus (despinning to explain equatorial ridge) and Enceladus (upspinning and polar wander to explain south polar boundary, equatorial fractures, etc.)


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post Aug 1 2011, 05:36 PM
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Complicating the picture is the possibility that the impact also changed the pole orientation, which may be quite likely as the missing mass associated with the impact crater is now aligned with the spin axis (shades of Enceladus again). A changed spin axis would produce stresses comparable to a spin-up or spin-down about the existing axis.

Excuse me if this was discussed at the press conference, which I missed...

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post Aug 1 2011, 06:03 PM
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In the Enceladus case, change of the axis of rotation can be explained based on polhode phenomenon. But that needs an energy dissipation mechanism, which for Enceladus is based on the tidal lock (as also the possible 'ocean'). But for a free solid body like Vesta, what is the dissipation mechanism?
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