DAWN in partenza il 26 settembre


Dwayne Brown
NASA Headquarters, Washington

George Diller
Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

DC Agle
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.



CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Launch of NASA’s Dawn spacecraft is scheduled
for Wednesday, Sept. 26, from Pad 17-B at Cape Canaveral Air Force
Station. The launch window is 7:25 to 7:54 a.m. EDT. NASA’s Launch
Services Program at the Kennedy Space Center is responsible for the
launch of Dawn aboard a Delta II rocket. United Launch Alliance is
conducting the launch service for NASA. Should the launch be
postponed 24 hours for any reason, the launch window will extend from
7:20 to 7:49 a.m. EDT. For a 48-hour postponement, the launch window
will be from 7:14 to 7:43 a.m.

Dawn’s goal is to characterize the conditions and processes of the
solar system’s earliest epoch 4.5 billion years ago by investigating
in detail two of the largest asteroids, Ceres and Vesta. They reside
between Mars and Jupiter in the asteroid belt. Scientists theorize
these were budding planets never given the opportunity to grow.
However, Ceres and Vesta each followed a very different evolutionary
path during the solar system’s first few million years. By
investigating two diverse asteroids during the spacecraft’s
eight-year flight, the Dawn mission aims to unlock some of the
mysteries of planetary formation. Dawn will be the first spacecraft
to orbit an object in the asteroid belt and the first to orbit two
bodies after leaving Earth. Recent images taken by the Hubble Space
Telescope raise further intriguing questions about the evolution of
these asteroids.

Prelaunch Press Conference

A prelaunch press conference will be held at the NASA News Center at
Kennedy Space Center at 1 p.m. EDT on Monday, Sept. 24. Participating
in the briefing will be:

Jim Adams, Deputy Director, Planetary Science Division
NASA Headquarters, Washington

Omar Baez, NASA Launch Director/Launch Manager
Kennedy Space Center

Kris Walsh, Director of Delta NASA and Commercial Programs
United Launch Alliance, Littleton, Colo.

Keyur Patel, Dawn Project Manager
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.

Marc Rayman, Dawn Project Systems Engineer
Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Joel Tumbiolo, U.S. Air Force Delta II Launch Weather Officer
45th Weather Squadron, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station

The Dawn mission science briefing held at KSC on July 6 will be
replayed immediately following the prelaunch press conference.

Dawn Post-launch Press Conference

A post-launch press conference will be held at the NASA News Center at
noon EDT to provide details on the state of health of the Dawn
spacecraft. Participating in the briefing will be:

Jim Adams, Deputy Directory, Planetary Science Division
NASA Headquarters

Keyur Patel, Dawn Project Manager
Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Chris Russell, Dawn Principal Investigator
University of California, Los Angeles

A post-launch press release will also be issued once first contact
with the Dawn spacecraft has been made through the Deep Space
Network’s Goldstone tracking station. Official spokespersons will be
available at the NASA News Center for interviews at that time.

Accreditation and Media Access Badges for KSC and CCAFS

The accreditation process for NASA’s expendable launch vehicle
missions has changed. All news media, including those who are
permanently badged, must complete the accreditation process for the
activities associated with the Dawn launch. The press accreditation
process may be done via the Web by going to:

Accreditation requests for the Dawn prelaunch, launch and post-launch
activities at Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force
Station must be received by the close of business Friday, Sept. 21.
Media without permanent credentials may obtain NASA access badges at
the Pass and Identification (Pass & ID) building located on State
Road 405 just east of U.S. 1. To obtain an access badge, two forms of
government-issued identification are required, including at least one
with a picture.

Badge pick-up timeline:

  • by 7:30 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 24, for remote camera setup
  • by noon on Monday, Sept. 24, for those attending the prelaunch
  • by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 25, for attending the launch and
    post-launch activities

Remote Camera Placement at Complex 17

Tuesday, Sept. 25: Photographers who wish to set up remote cameras at
the Delta launch complex will be escorted by a NASA representative to
Pad 17-B. Departure by vehicle convoy will be at 9 a.m. from the
Space Florida parking lot located on Poseidon Avenue, adjacent to
Gate 1 of Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

Launch Day Press Site Access to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station

Wednesday, Sept. 26: Verification of pre-issued press credentials and
sign-in will begin at 6 a.m. at the Space Florida parking lot. Media
covering the Dawn launch will be required to show their permanent KSC
credentials or temporary KSC machine badge before being allowed to
participate in the caravan traveling to the media viewing site.
Following the launch, media will be escorted via caravan back to Gate

  1. Those media requiring access to the KSC Press Site for post-launch
    activities must proceed through Gate 2 on State Road 3. Media
    requiring remote camera retrieval will remain at the media viewing
    site until escorted to the launch pad. Following camera retrieval,
    participating media will be escorted back to Gate 1.

To reach the Space Florida parking lot, after passing the Pass and
Identification Building outside Gate 1 of Cape Canaveral Air Force
Station, turn right at the traffic light at the intersection of S.R.
401 and Poseidon Avenue. Make an immediate left turn at the Navaho

Press Site 1 is currently planned to be used for this launch. However,
because this launch is a Delta II Heavy configuration with larger
solid rocket boosters, there is a chance that for safety reasons the
media viewing site will be atop the Trident Bluff on south Cape
Canaveral Air Force Station. There is no infrastructure at this
location, so news media should plan on being fully self-contained. A
wireless Internet capability will be available. Check with the NASA
News Center at KSC if it is necessary to determine in advance which
viewing site will be used.

News Center Hours for Launch

The NASA News Center at KSC will open for Dawn news operations
starting Monday, Sept. 24, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Status reports on
the launch of Dawn and any updates to the media advisory will be
recorded on the KSC news media codaphone at 321-867-2525.

Television Coverage

On Monday, Sept. 24, television coverage of the Dawn prelaunch press
conference at KSC will begin at 1 p.m. EDT. Two-way question and
answer capability will be available from other NASA field centers. On
Wednesday, Sept. 26, television coverage of the launch will begin at
5:15 a.m. EDT and conclude after spacecraft separation from the Delta
II rocket which occurs 62 minutes after launch. The broadcast network
HDNet will also carry the launch in high-definition television format
from 7 to 7:30 a.m. EDT. For more information, visit
http://www.hd.net or check local listings.

Audio of the prelaunch press conference will be carried on the NASA
“V” circuits which may be accessed by dialing 321-867-1220, 1240,
1260 beginning at 1 p.m. EDT Monday, Sept. 24. On launch day, Sept.
26, “Mission Audio,” countdown activities without NASA launch
commentary, will be carried on 321-867-7135 beginning at 4:15 a.m.
EDT. Audio of the NASA launch commentary will begin at 5:15 a.m. EDT
and will be available on 321-867-1220, 1240, 1260. It will also be
available on amateur radio frequency 146.940 MHz (VHF), heard within
Brevard County.

For information on receiving NASA Television, go to:

NASA Web Prelaunch and Launch Coverage

NASA’s home on the Internet, http://www.nasa.gov, will provide
extensive prelaunch and launch day coverage of the Dawn mission.

Live countdown coverage from NASA’s Launch Blog begins at 5:15 a.m.
EDT on Wednesday, Sept. 26. Coverage will feature real-time updates
as countdown milestones occur, as well as streaming video clips
highlighting launch preparations and liftoff.

To access other interactive features, go to the NASA Dawn main page at
http://www.nasa.gov/dawn. For more information about Dawn mission
online events, contact Jeanne Ryba at 321-867-7824.


Conto alla rovescia finale in corso, diretta su NASA TV.
Lancio previsto alle 13.20 ora italiana, attualmente siamo con l’orologio fermo a T -15 minuti all’interno di un built-in hold programmato di 20’.

Godspeed Dawn!

Giro di “ready” per il launch control…

Ci sono anche io nella pausa pranzo!! :smiley: GO DAWN!!!

T-4 in attesa

Range safety ha fermato il count down.
Forse una barca o qualcos’altro ha violato il perimetro di sicurezza.

Una barca nella zona di ricaduta dei boosters del Delta.

NEW LAUNCH TIME. Liftoff has been reset for 7:34 a.m. EDT.

Countdown ripartito…

… and Liftoff…

Beccata al volo durante la pausa pranzoooooo!!! :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye: :smiley: :-({|=

Hihi, la grafica NASA dice “August 27th 2007”.
Sbadatelli… :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:
E’ un fake, l’hanno girato un mese fa.

Io ero alla fermata del pullman per tornare a casa dopo un’intensa giornata scolastica :expressionless: :expressionless: :expressionless: