Dawn Enters Science Orbit

April 27, 2015 – Dawn began its science operations at 7:25 p.m. PDT/10:25 p.m. EDT on Friday, April 24 and performed as expected over the weekend.

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft entered into its first science orbit on Thursday, April 23, as scheduled.

Following a delay in communicating a command sequence, the spacecraft briefly entered into safe mode and awaited further instructions, which were sent by mission controllers.

As of early Friday, April 24, the spacecraft returned to normal operating mode and the mission team continues to prepare for science data collection.