Dawn Spacecraft Slightly Damaged

Editor's Update: According to NASA Associate Administrator for Space Science Alan Stern, when contacted for comment: "DAWN was slightly damaged Monday by a tech's tool. The damage was to the back side of a solar array. It affects a tiny area and looks like it can be repaired without delaying the 7 July LRD. This is an exciting NASA science mission that promises to unlock new details about the origin of the asteroid belt and dwarf planets. We are pressing forward to launch, ever vigilant as we go forward."

Earlier posts

Dawn Media Opportunity Rescheduled to June 20

"The media opportunity for Dawn scheduled for Thursday, June 14, at Astrotech in Titusville has been rescheduled to Wednesday, June 20, to allow spacecraft spin test activities to be completed. Media access to Astrotech on Wednesday morning will begin at 10:15 a.m. and the event will start at 10:30 a.m."

Editor's Update: There are rumors on space chat boards that there was some damage to the Dawn spacecraft in the past 24 hours. Yet when I ask NASA SMD PAO about this - repeatedly prior to making a posting - I don't get an answer. I just sent an email to JPL PAO to see if they know what is going on. If there is no substance to these rumors - why doesn't PAO let me know? Stay tuned.

Dawn spacecraft damaged but still set for launch, New Scientist

"NASA managers got a scare this week when a wayward wrench damaged the Dawn spacecraft. But the mission's chief scientist says the damage can be fixed in time for the spacecraft's planned 7 July launch."

Editor's Update: Finally - and answer - but not from NASA. I guess NASA is talking to some media today. Oh well, I guess that asking questions of SMD's PAO in such circumstances is just a waste of my time.

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