Delta 2-H sends Dawn, at dawn, to the asteroid belt
9/27/07 ~ 7:34:00am

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Dawn launches at dawn: A Delta 2-Heavy, with slightly larger Solid Rocket Boosters than a typical Delta 2, blasts NASA's Dawn mission on a three-billion mike trek to the asteroid belt where it will orbit Ceres and Vesta, the largest aster
oids in the solar system (though Ceres was recently reclassified as a dwarf planet). Launch occurred just 21 minutes after sunrise on a gorgeous morning at Cape Canaveral.

Dawn in the cleanroom


<--- Phoenix Mars Lander                        GPS 2R-17M --->
In this rare, dramatic view from the pad, the Delta 2 is 80 seconds into flight having just ignited its air-lit solid rocket motors: