- July 27, 2022
NASA is Sitting on Dawn Images Again (Update)
NASA’s Dawn Spacecraft Enters Orbit Around Asteroid Vesta
“NASA’s Dawn spacecraft on Saturday became the first probe ever to enter orbit around an object in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.”
Keith’s note: The last image to be publicly released was taken on 9 July – more than a week ago. Yet Cassini, Opportunity, and other missions send back dozens of new images every day – images that are quickly posted online for all to see. What is going on here? Why is NASA refusing to release Dawn imagery?
Keith’s update: I spoke (a little) too soon. That said, the Dawn folks have been exceptionally stingy when it comes to releasing images.
NASA Dawn Spacecraft Returns Close-Up Image of Asteroid Vesta
“NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has returned the first close-up image after beginning its orbit around the giant asteroid Vesta. On Friday, July 15, Dawn became the first probe to enter orbit around an object in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.”