Dawn was launched by NASA on the 27th of September 2007 with a final destination of the asteroid Ceres which it is currently in orbit around.

Key Dates during Dawn's mission:

  • Launch 27 September 2007
  • Mars gravity assist February 2009
  • Vesta arrival August 2011
  • Vesta departure May 2012
  • Ceres arrival February 2015
  • End of primary mission July 2015
Telecommunications summary:
Dawn telecom summary
Telecommunications block diagram:
Dawn telecom diagram
It is recommended that the NASA book on Dawn is read, you can find it here
Signal received from Dawn on the 7th May 2015:
The FFT corresponding to the above audio sample is shown below: Dawn telecom diagram

The FFT Image gallery below shows some of the signals received from the Dawn spacecraft over the years.