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Fraser
2006-Mar-28, 04:33 AM
SUMMARY: Until last week, prospects for the Dawn mission looked bleak. This is a mission designed to send a spacecraft to visit two of the largest asteroids in the Solar System: Ceres and Vesta. The mission had been cancelled on March 2nd, citing technical problems and cost overruns. But NASA managers announced today that Dawn has been reinstated. The project team was able to convince the review board that the technical issues can be solved. The projected launch date has been pushed back a year, however, to July 2007.

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Joff
2006-Mar-28, 05:08 AM
Great news!

Sticks
2006-Mar-28, 05:37 AM
Is this a reprieve or just a stay?

As I said before, it is a pity we can not get sponsorship from say a mining consortium.

astro-orange
2006-Mar-28, 09:23 AM
Good news!

baric
2006-Mar-28, 04:52 PM
Is this a reprieve or just a stay?

As I said before, it is a pity we can not get sponsorship from say a mining consortium.

That only makes sense in video games.

If Ceres were made of solid gold, it would still be too expensive to mine and bring it back -- in the real world.