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Dean Acosta/Erica Hupp
Headquarters, Washington
(202) 358-1400/1237

March 27, 2006
NASA Announces Final DAWN Decision
NASA will host a media telecon at 2:30 p.m. EST today to discuss results of the committee reviewing the decision to terminate the DAWN mission.

The DAWN spacecraft was scheduled to orbit Vesta and Ceres, two of the largest asteroids in the solar system. During its mission, the spacecraft would observe the properties of the two asteroids providing insight into the formation of the early solar system.

To participate, reporters should call: (888) 810-3954; provide the passcode "DAWN” and leader’s name Dean Acosta.

Rex Geveden, Associate Administrator, NASA Headquarters

Internet users can listen to the teleconference through NASA's News Audio service.

For information about NASA and agency programs on the Web, visit:


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