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Dawn

A proposed NASA asteroid orbiter scheduled for launch in May 2006. Approved as a low-cost science mission for NASA's Discovery program in 2001, the Dawn spacecraft is set to visit two of the largest asteroids in the Solar System, (1) Ceres and (4) Vesta. The overall purpose of the mission is to investigate fully the physical makeup of these incipient planets and learn more about the origin of the Solar System and advance our understanding of the formation of the inner planets. The Dawn mission will build upon the highly successful ion-propulsion technology first used in NASA's Deep Space 1. NASA scientists plan for the Dawn probe to visit Vesta first, arriving there in July 2010 and remaining in orbit for the following seven months or more. Dawn will be expected to rendezvous with Ceres in August 2014. In each case, the orbiter is expected to come as close as 100 km to the surface of the asteroid it will be circling.

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a Pakistani newspaper. It is published in Karachi (since 1947). Circulation in English, approximately 30,000 (1969); in Gujarati, approximately 8,000 (1969). The newspaper was founded by M. A. Jinnah in 1942. During 1942-47 it was published in New Delhi. The owner of Dawn is A. A. Haroon (born 1916), a prominent politician and statesman and an important businessman. As a rule, Dawn reflects the opinion of official circles. Advertising makes up about 30 percent of the newspaper.

What does it mean when you dream about dawn?

As a symbol, the dawn can have most of the meanings generally associated with light (e.g., enlightenment, vitality). More particularly, the dawn is the emergence of a new stage of life, a new understanding, or a new start, and the emergence from darkness.

dawn

[dȯn]
(astronomy)
The first appearance of light in the eastern sky before sunrise, or the time of that appearance. Also known as daybreak.

dawn

The twilight period before the sunrise. The twilight period varies in different latitudes and altitudes and is subject to different interpretations. The normal procedure is to abide by the values given in the air almanac.

Dawn

Aarvak
one of the horses of the sun. [Norse Myth.: Leach, 1]
Aurora
goddess of dawn whose tears provide dew. [Rom. Myth.: Kravitz, 42]
Daphne
Apollo’s attempted rape represents dawn fleeing daylight. [Gk. Myth.: Parrinder, 72; Jobes, 414]
Eos
goddess of dawn; announces Helios each morning. [Gk. Myth.: Kravitz, 89]
Heimdall
god of dawn and protector of rainbow bridge, Bifrost. [Norse Myth.: Leach, 488]
laughing jackass
bird whose cry brings in daylight. [Euahlayi Legend: How the People Sang The Mountains Up, 19]
Octa
mountain from which sun rises. [Rom. Folklore: Wheeler, 7]
rays, garland
of emblem of Aurora, dawn goddess. [Gk. Myth.: Jobes, 374]
rooster
its crowing at dawn heralds each new day. [Western Folklore: Leach, 329]
References in classic literature ?
Before me was the glittering desolation of the sea, the awful solitude upon which I had already suffered so much; behind me the island, hushed under the dawn, its Beast People silent and unseen.
As we ascended we found the air grew cooler and cooler, which was a great relief to us, and at dawn, so far as we could judge, we were not more than about a dozen miles from the snow line.
Not very long before dawn I heard the Hottentot Ventvogel, whose teeth had been chattering all night like castanets, give a deep sigh.
But nothing of the sort occurred during this hideous death march, and with the first pale heralding of dawn we reached our goal--an open place in the midst of a tangled wildwood.
They were naturally rough and brutal, as primitive men are supposed to have been since the dawn of humanity, but they did not go out of their way to maltreat me.
It chanced that on this day of Nada's death and at that same hour of dawn I, Mopo, came from my mission back to the kraal of the People of the Axe, having succeeded in my end, for that great chief whom I had gone out to visit had hearkened to my words.
The woman you have just seen will be burned to-morrow at the dawn of day.