03/06/2015

Dawn Arrives at Ceres

9:03 minutes

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft slips into orbit around the dwarf planet Ceres this week after a seven-and-a-half year journey. Over the coming months, the craft is slated to observe Ceres from closer and closer orbits, finishing at an orbit similar to that of the International Space Station around Earth. Mission director and chief engineer Marc Rayman gives an update on the mission, and tells us what to expect from the upcoming observations.

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Marc Rayman

Marc Rayman is chief engineer and mission director of the Dawn Mission at Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

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About Charles Bergquist

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