Dawn Mission to Vesta and Ceres

  title={Dawn Mission to Vesta and Ceres},
  author={Christopher T. Russell and Fabrizio Capaccioni and Angioletta Coradini and Maria Cristina De Sanctis and William Charles Feldman and Ralf Jaumann and H. Uwe Keller and Thomas B. McCord and Lucy A. McFadden and Stefano Mottola and Carle M. Pieters and Thomas H. Prettyman and Carol A. Raymond and Mark V. Sykes and David E. Smith and Maria T. Zuber},
  journal={Earth, Moon, and Planets},
The initial exploration of any planetary object requires a careful mission design guided by our knowledge of that object as gained by terrestrial observers. This process is very evident in the development of the Dawn mission to the minor planets 1 Ceres and 4 Vesta. This mission was designed to verify the basaltic nature of Vesta inferred both from its reflectance spectrum and from the composition of the howardite, eucrite and diogenite meteorites believed to have originated on Vesta. Hubble… 
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