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Dawn Mission Exhibit Featured at New Mexico Museum

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PSI Senior Scientist Thomas Prettyman created an exhibit about NASA’s Dawn mission that is now on display at the New Mexico Museum of History and Science (NMMNHS) in Albuquerque. 

During its 10-year journey through the Solar System, Dawn traveled to and explored the largest objects in the main asteroid belt, Ceres and Vesta. The main belt, which is located between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, preserves a record of events that occurred as planets began to form 4.6 billion years ago.  The data and images acquired by Dawn transformed these ancient bodies from fuzzy patches of light into geologic worlds.  

The exhibit, developed and curated by Prettyman, who is a Dawn co-investigator and lead for the Gamma Ray and Neutron Detector (GRaND) instrument, includes photographs, maps and 3-D images to provide a spectacular, up-close look at Vesta and Ceres. Large, detailed wall panels tell the story of how the Solar System formed and highlight key features of the main asteroid belt. The exhibit includes a scale model of the Dawn spacecraft as well as a description of its innovative ion propulsion system. 

Above, PSI Senior Scientists Naoyuki Yamashita, left, and Thomas Prettyman stand in the exhibit about NASA’s Dawn mission that is on display at the New Mexico Museum of History and Science in Albuquerque.

 

Nov. 13, 2017

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