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NASA's Dawn Mission Comes to Newport Beach

The Dawn presentation on Sept. 14 is the first in a series of free, educational lectures sponsored by OC Parks and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Dawn at Vesta. Courtesy of JPL.
Dawn at Vesta. Courtesy of JPL.
The chief engineer of NASA's Dawn mission to the giant asteroids Vesta and Ceres will deliver a special presentation on Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Upper Newport Bay Nature Center.

Dr. Marc Rayman, chief engineer and director of the mission, will discuss the fascinating deep-space mission, including Dawn's use of ion propulsion ,and the two asteroids on its journey.

Dawn, launched in September 2007, has completed an exploration of Vesta and is currently traveling to Ceres. These were among the last uncharted, large bodies in the inner solar system prior to Dawn mission.

The presentation will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve, 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660. The cost is free, but an RSVP is required by calling (949) 923-2290, or emailing unbic@ocparks.com.

Following the presentation, guests will enjoy telescope stargazing and have an opportunity to meet Rayman. The Muth Center will be open for the duration of the event and present exhibits and photos for viewing. Kids’ crafts, games and edible asteroids will also be available during the presentation.

The event will held outside so it is recommended to dress warmly.

The Dawn presentation is the first in a series of free, educational lectures sponsored by OC Parks and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The next is Sept. 28 at Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve.




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