The Dawn Mission to Minor Planets 4 Vesta and 1 Ceres

Editors: Russell, Christopher, Raymond, Carol (Eds.)

  • The only book that presents data and information from Dawn, the first mission to orbit a main belt asteroid
  • Details the mapping of the surfaces of 4 Vesta and 1 Ceres, as well as data on its mineralogy and elemental compositions
  • Describes the instruments that were used on the mission and the way it relates to the study of asteroids and solar system evolution
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Dawn is the first mission to orbit a main belt asteroid and the first scientific mission to use ion propulsion.  Major objectives of this mission include mapping of the surfaces of 4 Vesta and 1 Ceres,  determining its topography from stereo measurements, determining its mineralogy, measuring its elemental composition and obtaining  gravity data.  This book describes the Dawn mission, its exploration and scientific objectives, the instruments that accomplish those objectives, the operations plan and the education and outreach plan.  It is directed to those studying asteroids and the evolution of the solar system. 

This volume will be a valuable reference for anyone who uses data from the instruments of the DAWN mission.

Previously published in Space Science Reviews, Vol. 163/1-4, 2012.

About the authors

Professor C. T. Russell is a member of the faculties of both the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics and the Department of Earth and Space Sciences. He is acting System-wide Director of IGPP. He is the head of the Space Physics Center in IGPP, UCLA and the Director of the UCLA Branch of the California Space Grant Consortium. He is the principal investigator on the POLAR mission; a co-investigator on the magnetometer team on the Cassini mission to Saturn; the ROMAP investigation on the Rosetta mission to comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko; the IMPACT investigation on the STEREO mission to study solar and solar wind disturbances; the THEMIS mission to study substorms; and the magnetometer investigation on the Venus Express mission to study the solar wind interaction with Venus. He is the principal investigator of the Dawn mission to the asteroids Vesta and Ceres.

Dr. Carol Raymond earned her B.S. in Geology and Physics from the University of Georgia, her M.A. and M.Phil  in Geological Sciences from Columbia University and her Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from Columbia University. Her current research interests include solar system evolution (with a focus on the geophysical evolution of Mars, Vesta and Ceres), the Sun-Earth system and solid Earth/climate interactions. She is also the recipient of the NASA Magset Group Achievement Award.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Foreword

    C. T. Russell, C. A. Raymond

    Pages 1-2

  • The Dawn Mission to Vesta and Ceres

    C. T. Russell, C. A. Raymond

    Pages 3-23

  • The Origin and Evolution of the Asteroid Belt—Implications for Vesta and Ceres

    David P. O’Brien, Mark V. Sykes

    Pages 41-61

  • Ceres: Its Origin, Evolution and Structure and Dawn’s Potential Contribution

    Thomas B. McCord, Julie Castillo-Rogez, Andy Rivkin

    Pages 63-76

  • The Surface Composition of Ceres

    Andrew S. Rivkin, Jian-Yang Li, Ralph E. Milliken, et al.

    Pages 95-116

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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $259.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-4614-4902-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Dawn Mission to Minor Planets 4 Vesta and 1 Ceres
Editors
  • Christopher Russell
  • Carol Raymond
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-4903-4
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4614-4903-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4614-4902-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VI, 574
Additional Information
Previously published in Space Science Reviews, Vol. 163/1-4, 2011
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