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The Dawn Mission to Minor Planets 4 Vesta and 1 Ceres

  • Christopher Russell
  • Carol Raymond

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. C. T. Russell, C. A. Raymond
    Pages 1-2
  3. C. T. Russell, C. A. Raymond
    Pages 3-23
  4. A. Coradini, D. Turrini, C. Federico, G. Magni
    Pages 25-40
  5. Thomas B. McCord, Julie Castillo-Rogez, Andy Rivkin
    Pages 63-76
  6. Maria T. Zuber, Harry Y. McSween Jr., Richard P. Binzel, Linda T. Elkins-Tanton, Alexander S. Konopliv, Carle M. Pieters et al.
    Pages 77-93
  7. Andrew S. Rivkin, Jian-Yang Li, Ralph E. Milliken, Lucy F. Lim, Amy J. Lovell, Britney E. Schmidt et al.
    Pages 95-116
  8. Carle M. Pieters, Lucy A. McFadden, Thomas Prettyman, M. Cristina De Sanctis, Thomas B. McCord, Takahiro Hiroi et al.
    Pages 117-139
  9. Harry Y. McSween Jr., David W. Mittlefehldt, Andrew W. Beck, Rhiannon G. Mayne, Timothy J. McCoy
    Pages 141-174
  10. Valerie C. Thomas, Joseph M. Makowski, G. Mark Brown, John F. McCarthy, Dominick Bruno, J. Christopher Cardoso et al.
    Pages 175-249
  11. John Brophy
    Pages 251-261
  12. H. Sierks, H. U. Keller, R. Jaumann, H. Michalik, T. Behnke, F. Bubenhagen et al.
    Pages 263-327
  13. M. C. De Sanctis, A. Coradini, E. Ammannito, G. Filacchione, M. T. Capria, S. Fonte et al.
    Pages 329-369
  14. Thomas H. Prettyman, William C. Feldman, Harry Y. McSween Jr., Robert D. Dingler, Donald C. Enemark, Douglas E. Patrick et al.
    Pages 371-459
  15. A. S. Konopliv, S. W. Asmar, B. G. Bills, N. Mastrodemos, R. S. Park, C. A. Raymond et al.
    Pages 461-486
  16. C. A. Raymond, R. Jaumann, A. Nathues, H. Sierks, T. Roatsch, F. Preusker et al.
    Pages 487-510
  17. C. A. Polanskey, S. P. Joy, C. A. Raymond
    Pages 511-543
  18. L. A. Mcfadden, J. Wise, J. D. Ristvey Jr., W. Cobb
    Pages 545-574

About this book


DAWN is the first mission to orbit a main belt asteroid and the first scientific mission to use ion propulsion.  Major objectives of this mission include mapping of the surfaces of 4 Vesta and 1 Ceres,  determining its topography from stereo measurements, determining its mineralogy, measuring its elemental composition and obtaining  gravity data.  This book describes the DAWN mission, its exploration and scientific objectives, the instruments that accomplish those objectives, the operations plan and the education and outreach plan.  It is directed to those studying asteroids and the evolution of the solar system. 

This volume will be a valuable reference for anyone who uses data from the instruments of the DAWN mission.

Previously published in Space Science Reviews, Vol. 163/1-4, 2011.


Asteroid Exploration Ceres Mapping Dawn Mission Instruments Ion Propulsion Planetary Mission Main Belt Asteroid Planetary Elemental Composition Planetary Surface Mapping Solar System Evolution Vesta Mapping

Editors and affiliations

  • Christopher Russell
    • 1
  • Carol Raymond
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Earth and Space Sciences, Institute Geophysics & Planetary PhysicsUniversity of California Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.Jet Propulsion LaboratoryCalifornia Institute of TechnologyPasadenaUSA

About the editors

Professor C. T. Russell is a member of the faculties of both the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics and the Department of Earth and Space Sciences. He is acting System-wide Director of IGPP. He is the head of the Space Physics Center in IGPP, UCLA and the Director of the UCLA Branch of the California Space Grant Consortium. He is the principal investigator on the POLAR mission; a co-investigator on the magnetometer team on the Cassini mission to Saturn; the ROMAP investigation on the Rosetta mission to comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko; the IMPACT investigation on the STEREO mission to study solar and solar wind disturbances; the THEMIS mission to study substorms; and the magnetometer investigation on the Venus Express mission to study the solar wind interaction with Venus. He is the principal investigator of the Dawn mission to the asteroids Vesta and Ceres.

Dr. Carol Raymond earned her B.S. in Geology and Physics from the University of Georgia, her M.A. and M.Phil  in Geological Sciences from Columbia University and her Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from Columbia University. Her current research interests include solar system evolution (with a focus on the geophysical evolution of Mars, Vesta and Ceres), the Sun-Earth system and solid Earth/climate interactions. She is also the recipient of the NASA Magset Group Achievement Award.

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