Re: The closer we get to Ceres, the spots disappea
« Reply #16 on: Jul 3rd, 2015, 5:15pm »
we'll know by August thru December Silver
Until June 30, Dawn is slated to keep orbiting the planet at about 2,700 miles above surface. But in July, the spacecraft should plunge into another orbit (High Altitude Mapping Orbit, or HAMO) and reach an altitude of 900 miles by August 6, where it would gather more data until October 15 when it would continue its descent to a 143 mile altitude dubbed Low Altitude Mapping Orbit (LAMO).
Dawn should reach LAMO on December 8, and continue to orbit Ceres from that point on until missionís end. If Nasa hides anything then we can justly call it the LMAO orbit..Ceresly!
in the meantime
Signs of Water Ice Detected on Comet Surface
The Rosetta spacecraft, currently orbiting Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, has spotted 120 bright, reflective spots on the surface of the comet, for which water ice is a plausible explanation
I'm sure they'll get to it. Perhaps they do not feel it important enough to push it to number one priority in the work plan I'm sure they developed some time ago and want to follow. The spots are not going anywhere and they could also be waiting on a better orbit or distance.
Besides, if they released a closeup and it does not show anything to determine what it is they will be accused of hiding the truth. If it does show something others outside of the scientific community i.e., UFO sites, think looks strange it will lead to wild speculation even if there's reasonable explanations. Why would NASA want to be wasting their time? I'd say NASA is giving the believers precisely what they want and deserve.
April 29th it will reach an opposition position between the sun and Occator crater.