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October 09, 2007

Dawn Spacecraft Successfully Tests Ion Engine

Thrifty Powerplant Will Power Probe To Asteroid Rendezvous

NASA's Dawn spacecraft is flying high... now that it has finally made it into space. NASA tells ANN the spacecraft successfully completed the first test of its ion propulsion system over the weekend. The system is vital to the success of Dawn's eight-year, three-billion-mile journey to asteroid Vesta and dwarf planet Ceres.

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United Launch Alliance Atlas V Awarded Two NASA Missions

Next Launch Set For Wednesday

United Launch Alliance was awarded launch services contracts last week for two future NASA space exploration missions, Landsat and Juno, scheduled to launch in 2011 aboard Atlas V rockets. Landsat will launch from Space Launch Complex-3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA, and Juno from SLC-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL.

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NASA Honors Late Astronaut With 'Ambassador Of Exploration' Award

Apollo 1 Astronaut Roger Chaffee's Widow Accepted Honor

NASA recently honored the late astronaut Naval Lt. Cmdr. Roger B. Chaffee with the presentation of an Ambassador of Exploration Award for his involvement in the US space program.

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