The probe, now in orbit around the dwarf planet Ceres, missed communications with NASA's Deep Space Network on Wednesday and Thursday; and mission managers were forced to confirm the end of the mission.
"Today, we celebrate the end of our Dawn mission - its incredible technical achievements, the vital science it gave us, and the entire team who enabled the spacecraft to make these discoveries", said Thomas Zurbuchen, who serves as associate administrator of NASA's Science Mission Directorate, in a press release.
NASA said that the data collect by the spacecraft was invaluable for researchers examining the history of the solar system. Hydrazine is the fuel used by Dawn's pointing thrusters, so the spacecraft can no longer orient itself to study Ceres, relay data to Earth or recharge its solar panels.
Currently, it's in orbit around the dwarf planet Ceres, where it will remain for decades, NASA said.
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"Dawn was the first mission to visit Ceres and the first mission to visit Vesta".
A NASA spacecraft named Dawn that studied two of the largest objects in the asteroid belt has ended its 11-year mission after running out of fuel.
"To within our current uncertainty, there's zero usable hydrazine remaining", said Marc Rayman, chief engineer and mission director for Dawn at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, during a presentation October 4 at the International Astronautical Congress in Bremen, Germany. The orbit is where Dawn will continue to drift.
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Dawn was the first spacecraft to orbit two different extraterrestrial bodies.
Detailed readings from Dawn's suite of four science instruments led scientists to conclude that the spots were deposits of sodium carbonate, pushed up from the dwarf planet's interior.
This artist's concept shows NASA's Dawn spacecraft arriving at Ceres. Among its accomplishments, Dawn showed how important location was to the way objects in the early solar system formed and evolved. "Dawn's data sets will be deeply mined by scientists working on how planets grow and differentiate, and when and where life could have formed in our solar system".
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Dawn also spotted a 2.5-mile-high (4 km) "lonely mountain", by far the tallest surface feature on the dwarf planet. JPL is responsible for overall Dawn mission science.