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DAWN decision: 2:30PM EST
« on: 03/27/2006 04:22 PM »
NASA ANNOUNCES FINAL DAWN DECISION

NASA will host a media telecon at 2:30 p.m. EST today to discuss
results of the committee reviewing the decision to terminate the DAWN
mission.

The DAWN spacecraft was scheduled to orbit Vesta and Ceres, two of the
largest asteroids in the solar system. During its mission, the
spacecraft would observe the properties of the two asteroids
providing insight into the formation of the early solar system.

To participate, reporters should call: (888) 810-3954; provide the
passcode "DAWN" and leader's name Dean Acosta.

Offline Justin Space

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RE: DAWN decision: 2:30PM EST
« Reply #1 on: 03/27/2006 04:54 PM »
So it's not on NASA TV?

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RE: DAWN decision: 2:30PM EST
« Reply #2 on: 03/27/2006 05:11 PM »
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Justin Space - 27/3/2006  10:54 AM

So it's not on NASA TV?

No, just over the phones with the media.

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RE: DAWN decision: 2:30PM EST
« Reply #3 on: 03/27/2006 05:36 PM »
Should we start taking bets on which way this thing's going to go?

I'll be the cynic and say it's a no-go.

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RE: DAWN decision: 2:30PM EST
« Reply #4 on: 03/27/2006 05:38 PM »
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Spacely - 27/3/2006  11:36 AM

Should we start taking bets on which way this thing's going to go?

I'll be the cynic and say it's a no-go.

I think it's a yes. Watching NASAWatch to see if they get word before the conference.

If it's a no, the reasons will have to be good. Given they are making a reasonably big thing about it, it appears to be a yes.

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RE: DAWN decision: 2:30PM EST
« Reply #5 on: 03/27/2006 05:39 PM »
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Spacely - 27/3/2006  5:36 PM

Should we start taking bets on which way this thing's going to go?

I'll be the cynic and say it's a no-go.

Put me down for a tenner on yes (enternal optimist).

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RE: DAWN decision: 2:30PM EST
« Reply #6 on: 03/27/2006 05:49 PM »
Count me in !
10$ say yes

(when your dream is to fly in space you've gotta be optimistic  ;)  )

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RE: DAWN decision: 2:30PM EST
« Reply #7 on: 03/27/2006 06:04 PM »
I suppose the bigger question is what will be the details regarding a yes or no.

Will it be yes with a ton of qualifications (2008 launch, increased foreign involvement), a straight yes, a straight no, a conditional no ("it's a no unless the ESA or someone comes forward with money in the next two months")?

Ah, well, I guess we find out in two hours, anyway. No use going crazy trying to predict.

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RE: DAWN decision: 2:30PM EST
« Reply #8 on: 03/27/2006 06:12 PM »
And remember UK people, our clocks changed at the weekend, so we're looking at 8:30pm UK time for this.


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RE: DAWN decision: 2:30PM EST
« Reply #10 on: 03/27/2006 07:09 PM »
Awesome! Looks like we'll have more than just Mars Phoenix Lander and ISS Assembly Flights to look forward to in 2007.

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RE: DAWN decision: 2:30PM EST
« Reply #11 on: 03/27/2006 07:16 PM »
Good news.

Online Chris Bergin

RE: DAWN decision: 2:30PM EST
« Reply #12 on: 03/27/2006 07:37 PM »

RELEASE: 06-108

NASA REINSTATES THE DAWN MISSION

NASA senior management announced a decision Monday to reinstate the
Dawn mission, a robotic exploration of two major asteroids. Dawn had
been canceled because of technical problems and cost overruns.

The mission, named because it was designed to study objects dating
from the dawn of the solar system, would travel to Vesta and Ceres,
two of the largest asteroids orbiting the sun between Mars and
Jupiter. Dawn will use an electric ion propulsion system and orbit
multiple objects.

The mission originally was approved in December 2001 and was set for
launch in June 2006. Technical problems and other difficulties
delayed the projected launch date to July 2007 and pushed the cost
from its original estimate of $373 million to $446 million. The
decision to cancel Dawn was made March 2, 2006, after about $257
million already had been spent. An additional expenditure of about
$14 million would have been required to terminate the project.

The reinstatement resulted from a review process that is part of new
management procedures established by NASA Administrator Michael
Griffin. The process is intended to help ensure open debate and
thorough evaluation of major decisions regarding space exploration
and agency operations.

"We revisited a number of technical and financial challenges and the
work being done to address them," said NASA Associate Administrator
Rex Geveden, who chaired the review panel. "Our review determined the
project team has made substantive progress on many of this mission's
technical issues, and, in the end, we have confidence the mission
will succeed."

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RE: DAWN decision: 2:30PM EST
« Reply #13 on: 03/27/2006 07:44 PM »
Great News :)

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RE: DAWN decision: 2:30PM EST
« Reply #14 on: 03/27/2006 07:57 PM »
Wow, DAWN's become a half-billion dollar showcase mission.

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RE: DAWN decision: 2:30PM EST
« Reply #15 on: 03/27/2006 08:11 PM »
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Spacely - 27/3/2006  1:09 PMAwesome! Looks like we'll have more than just Mars Phoenix Lander and ISS Assembly Flights to look forward to in 2007.
GLAST is also flying in 07

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RE: DAWN decision: 2:30PM EST
« Reply #16 on: 03/27/2006 08:13 PM »
I didn't know the mission was going to cost that much!

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RE: DAWN decision: 2:30PM EST
« Reply #17 on: 03/27/2006 08:41 PM »
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Jim - 27/3/2006  12:11 PM

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Spacely - 27/3/2006  1:09 PMAwesome! Looks like we'll have more than just Mars Phoenix Lander and ISS Assembly Flights to look forward to in 2007.
GLAST is also flying in 07

I believe this is the second time on these boards I've mentioned a future space launch manifest and neglected the GLAST. Sorry, Jim!

And while we're on the subject...

MESSENGER has a June 07 super-close Venus fly-by. Though, I can't find info about which instruments (if any) will be turned on during this.

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RE: DAWN decision: 2:30PM EST
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