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NASA’s Dawn spacecraft creates Color Map of dwarf planet Ceres revealing a surface full of variety

 

Written by Elizabeth Landau
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationPasadena, CA – A new color map of dwarf planet Ceres, which NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has been orbiting since March, reveals the diversity of the surface of this planetary body. Differences in morphology and color across the surface suggest Ceres was once an active body, Dawn researchers said today at the 2015 General Assembly of the European Geosciences Union in Vienna.

“This dwarf planet was not just an inert rock throughout its history. It was active, with processes that resulted in different materials in different regions. We are beginning to capture that diversity in our color images,” said Chris Russell, principal investigator for the Dawn mission, based at the University of California, Los Angeles.

This map-projected view of Ceres was created from images taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft during its initial approach to the dwarf planet, prior to being captured into orbit in March 2015. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA)

This map-projected view of Ceres was created from images taken by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft during its initial approach to the dwarf planet, prior to being captured into orbit in March 2015. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA)

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APSU Lady Govs Golf comes in ninth at Murray State’s MSU Invitational

 

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Austin Peay State University Lady Govs - APSUMurray, KY – Austin Peay State University women’s golf team produced its best round of the MSU Invitational but couldn’t make up any ground, Saturday, in the tourney’s final day.

Austin Peay Women's Golf. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay Women’s Golf. (APSU Sports Information)

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APSU Lady Govs Golf at Murray State for MSU Invitational

 

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Austin Peay State University Lady Govs - APSUMurray, KY – After being limited to just one round in Richmond, KY, last weekend, Austin Peay State University women’s golf team hopes to dodge the weather pratfalls this weekend when it participates in the MSU Invitational, to be played at Miller Memorial Golf Course.

Austin Peay Women's Golf. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay Women’s Golf. (APSU Sports Information)

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NASA’s Dawn spacecraft ready to collect photos, data of Dwarf Planet Ceres

 

Written by Elizabeth Landau
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationPasadena, CA – Since its capture by the gravity of dwarf planet Ceres on March 6th, NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has performed flawlessly, continuing to thrust with its ion engine as planned.

The thrust, combined with Ceres’ gravity, is gradually guiding the spacecraft into a circular orbit around the dwarf planet. All of the spacecraft’s systems and instruments are in excellent health.

Dawn has been following its planned trajectory on the dark side of Ceres — the side facing away from the sun — since early March.

This artist's concept shows NASA's Dawn spacecraft arriving at the dwarf planet Ceres (lower right). (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

This artist’s concept shows NASA’s Dawn spacecraft arriving at the dwarf planet Ceres (lower right). (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

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Austin Peay State University Lady Govs Golf travels to Richmond for The Colonel Classic

 

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Austin Peay State University Lady Govs - APSURichmond, KY – As the 2014-15 women’s golf season heads down the stretch, Austin Peay State University will participate in its first April match when it travels north for the first time all spring at The Colonel Classic, Friday and Saturday, at Arlington Golf Club.

Austin Peay Women's Golf plays at Eastern Kentucky's "The Colonel Classic" this weekend. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay Women’s Golf plays at Eastern Kentucky’s “The Colonel Classic” this weekend. (APSU Sports Information)

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Austin Peay State University Lady Govs Golf at MSU Ocala Spring Invitational

 

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Austin Peay State University Lady Govs - APSUOcala, FL – Austin Peay State University women’s golf team will be in Florida for the second time in less than two weeks when it travels to Ocala, FL, for the 2015 MSU Ocala Spring Invitational, to be played Sunday-Tuesday at the Juliette Falls Golf Resort.

Austin Peay Women's Golf. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay Women’s Golf. (APSU Sports Information)

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NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) captures images of new Craters on the Moon

 

Written by Nancy Neal Jones
NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationGreenbelt, MD – NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) acquired images of the lunar surface before and after the largest recorded explosion occurred on the surface.

On March 17th, 2013, an object the size of a small boulder hit the surface in Mare Imbrium and exploded in a flash of light nearly 10 times as bright as anything ever recorded before.

This bright flash was recorded by researchers at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL with coordinates 20.6°N, 336.1°E.

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APSU Lady Govs Golf begins Spring Season at North Florida Intercollegiate

 

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Austin Peay State University Lady Govs - APSUJacksonville, FL – Austin Peay State University women’s golf team has escaped the winter weather of Clarksville to participate in its first spring golf action, the North Florida Intercollegiate, Monday and Tuesday, at the Jacksonville Golf and Country Club.

Austin Peay Women's Golf. (APSU Sports Information)

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NASA’s Dawn spacecraft makes history as it begins orbit around Dwarf Planet Ceres

 

Written by Elizabeth Landau
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationPasadena, CA – NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has become the first mission to achieve orbit around a dwarf planet. The spacecraft was approximately 38,000 miles (61,000 kilometers) from Ceres when it was captured by the dwarf planet’s gravity at about 4:39am PST (7:39am EST) Friday.

Mission controllers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California received a signal from the spacecraft at 5:36am PST (8:36am EST) that Dawn was healthy and thrusting with its ion engine, the indicator Dawn had entered orbit as planned.

The slim crescent of Ceres smiles back as the dwarf planet awaits the arrival of an emissary from Earth. (NASA)

The slim crescent of Ceres smiles back as the dwarf planet awaits the arrival of an emissary from Earth. (NASA)

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NASA’s Dawn spacecraft to enter orbit around Dwarf Planet Ceres on March 6th

 

Written by Elizabeth Landau
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationPasadena, CA – NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has returned new images captured on approach to its historic orbit insertion at the dwarf planet Ceres. Dawn will be the first mission to successfully visit a dwarf planet when it enters orbit around Ceres on Friday, March 6th.

“Dawn is about to make history,” said Robert Mase, project manager for the Dawn mission at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. “Our team is ready and eager to find out what Ceres has in store for us.”

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