As of February 28, 2013 Dr. Marc D. Rayman updated the Dawn Mission | Dawn Journal and answers this question. The update is quite informative with the latest in Dawn’s travels, how well its doing with the ion propulsion system to help speed it along; and also comes with analogies to help you understand the infinitesimal distances Dawn is traveling since its launch into space September of 2007.
On an 8 year space exploration journey, Dawn’s main mission is to visit Vesta and Ceres. Objective: A mission for exploration of main belt asteroids Vesta and Ceres, to acquire data to help answer questions regarding the formation and evolution of the solar system.
Back in 2006, the Dawn Project fabricated a chip to be carried on the spacecraft. The chip was imprinted with the name of each person who wanted to have a part in Dawn’s adventure. I was fortunate enough to meet the deadline and enlisted my father’s name (in his memory) and received an “Asteroid Belt Certificate” with his name on it. “Congratulations “GDR” (abbreviated here for privacy)! Your name is traveling aboard the Dawn spacecraft on its mission to the Asteroid Belt.” Today, almost 6 years later, the Dawn member chip is approximately 212 million miles from earth.
“Radio signals, traveling at the universal limit of the speed of light, take 38 minutes to make the round trip.”
Ikea has withdrawn meatballs from sale in 14 European countries after tests in the Czech Republic found traces of horsemeat in a batch made in Sweden.
This statement really sent me thinking:
Europe’s food retailers depend on a complex network of brokers, cold stores and meat-cutting plants around the continent from which to source the ingredients wherever they are cheapest, says the BBC’s Christian Fraser, in Paris.
Horse meat is considered a delicacy in some countries but this is against all rules of labeling, industry control and so much more.
At least a dozen countries are involved in the horsemeat affair, which implicates some of the biggest meat processors and food producers.
February 2, 2013 – EARTH – An earthquake of magnitude 6.7struck off the coast of the Solomon Islands (Santa Cruz) in the Pacific Ocean, the U.S. Geological Survey said on Friday. The quake was later downgraded by the USGS to a 6.3 magnitude event. The depth of the quake was 10 km (6.2 miles) and the epicenter was 68 km southwest of Lata. The quake hit at 9:16 a.m. local time on Saturday. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center did not immediately issue any alerts on its website. This quake was underscored by an even stronger 6.9 magnitude earthquake that just struck the Hokkaido region of East Japan on February 2nd. This is the ninth major earthquake to strike the planet in the last five days. The present cluster of earthquakes began with a 6.0 event in Eastern Kazakhstan on January 28th, following a full moon on January 27, 2013…