An update on Dawn’s reaction wheel failure.

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An update on Dawn’s reaction wheel failure.

Essentially, this will delay the journey to Ceres for about nine days. The spacecraft is left with two working reaction wheels, with which it can complete all its science work. However, if they cannot get the failed wheel working again, Dawn will be left with no backup should another wheel fail.


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