Dawn's at Vesta, where's the pics?
It was great to hear that Dawn successfully arrived in orbit around Vesta, however there’s one thing missing… the photos!
So far, all we’ve had is a couple of blurry shots as Dawn approached Vesta, and a single shot now that it’s in orbit.
According to the NASA watch, even though Dawn’s been captured by Vesta, it’s not in it’s final orbit. To get there, it’s using it’s ion thrusters and since since the communications dish is fixed, if Dawn turns away from the Earth, we can’t receive any pictures.
Dawn won’t be in it’s final orbit till mid August, so I guess we’re just going to have to wait until Dawn is good and ready to start sending back postcards.
I’m probably a little more eager than most to get the photos as I’m keen to update the preliminary Vesta model I put into Solar Explorer last week.