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.”
I don’t recall whether this was ever brought to mention as a possibility for the 2012 event that people are concerned about. While cleaning out my email archives today, I found this link to the article below. It’s definitely worth reading in its entirety if you have a couple of minutes.
I’m thinking this is probably closer to reality than an “end of days.” On another note, maybe ‘end of days’ is nothing more than end of daylight as we know it until our grids are back up and running.
Powerful Solar Storm Could Shut Down U.S. for Months
Friday, January 09, 2009
By Robert Roy Britt
A new study from the National Academy of Sciences outlines grim possibilities on Earth for a worst-case scenario solar storm.
The prediction is based in part on a major solar storm in 1859 that caused telegraph wires to short out in the United States and Europe, igniting widespread fires.
“A contemporary repetition of the  event would cause significantly more extensive (and possibly catastrophic) social and economic disruptions,” the researchers conclude.
When the sun is in the active phase of its 11-year cycle, it can unleash powerful magnetic storms that disable satellites, threaten astronaut safety, and even disrupt communication systems on Earth.
“Emergency services would be strained, and command and control might be lost,” write the researchers, led by Daniel Baker, director of the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado in Boulder.
— In 1989, the sun unleashed a tempest that knocked out power to all of Quebec, Canada.
— A remarkable 2003 rampage included 10 major solar flares over a two-week period, knocking out two Earth-orbiting satellites and crippling an instrument aboard a Mars orbiter.
(CNN) — For the first time, a patient has received a synthetic windpipe that was created in a lab with the patient’s own stem cells and without using human donor tissue
Previous lab-generated transplants either used a segment of donor windpipe or involved tissue only, not an organ.
On June 9, doctors implanted this synthetic windpipe into a 36-year-old man with late-stage tracheal cancer at Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm. The patient is doing well and is expected to be released from the hospital
Creating the synthetic structure for the trachea in the current case took 10 to 12 days, compared with waiting months for an organ donor