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Dawn FC

Framing Camera

The Framing Camera is the scientific imaging system of the Dawn Mission to the two complementary protoplanets 1 Ceres and 4 Vesta.

> Science objectives
> Related links
> Dawn FC Homepage at MPS

Science objectives

  • Investigate and compare (prominent) members of the asteroid population that formed very early in solar system history (~ 4.563 billion years ago) and were able to preserve information from the time of terrestrial planet formation
  • Characterize the transition from a primitive body (1 Ceres) to an evolved body (Vesta) - understand role of water and Al-26 in controlling asteroid evolution
  • Determine volume, shape, spin state, composition, mass and environment
  • Surface morphology, variegation, cratering, magnetism
  • Confirm Vesta as the parent body of the HED meteorites


Related links

> Dawn Homepage at UCLA

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