View Full Version : Dawn Spacecraft Shuts Down Ion Engine

2008-Nov-21, 04:40 PM
The Dawn spacecraft's three ion engines have done their work for now, and mission engineers shut down the frugal but powerful ion propulsion system on Thursday as scheduled. The spacecraft is now gliding toward a Mars flyby/gravity assist in February 2009. "Dawn has completed the thrusting it needs to use Mars for a gravity assist [...]

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2008-Nov-21, 05:00 PM
Whew. The snippet off the front page was: "Dawn Spacecraft Shuts Down..." so I was worried we were having a safe-mode moment.

I remember now reading about the engines being scheduled for shutdown.

All is well.