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As the Dawn spacecraft flies through space toward the dwarf planet Ceres, the unexplored world appears to its camera as a bright light in the distance, full of possibility for scientific discovery.
As the Dawn spacecraft flies through space toward the dwarf planet Ceres, the unexplored world appears to its camera as a bright light in the distance, full of possibility for scientific discovery.

Enhanced Early View of Ceres from Dawn

As the Dawn spacecraft flies through space toward the dwarf planet Ceres, the unexplored world appears to its camera as a bright light in the distance, full of possibility for scientific discovery.

Target: Ceres
Mission: Dawn
Spacecraft: Dawn
Instrument: Framing Camera
ID#: PIA19050
Added: 2014-12-05

Views: 4661

Enhanced Early View of Ceres from Dawn

As the Dawn spacecraft flies through space toward the dwarf planet Ceres, the unexplored world appears to its camera as a bright light in the distance, full of possibility for scientific discovery.

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From about three times the distance from Earth to the moon, NASA's Dawn spacecraft spies its final destination -- the dwarf planet Ceres.
From about three times the distance from Earth to the moon, NASA's Dawn spacecraft spies its final destination -- the dwarf planet Ceres.

Dawn's Gateway View of Ceres

From about three times the distance from Earth to the moon, NASA's Dawn spacecraft spies its final destination -- the dwarf planet Ceres.

Target: Ceres
Mission: Dawn
Spacecraft: Dawn
Instrument: Framing Camera
ID#: PIA19049
Added: 2014-12-05

Views: 2397

Dawn's Gateway View of Ceres

From about three times the distance from Earth to the moon, NASA's Dawn spacecraft spies its final destination -- the dwarf planet Ceres.

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This graphic shows the geologic time scale of asteroid Vesta derived from geologic mapping.
This graphic shows the geologic time scale of asteroid Vesta derived from geologic mapping.

Geological Time Scale of Vesta

This graphic shows the geologic time scale of asteroid Vesta derived from geologic mapping.

Target: Vesta
Mission: Dawn
Spacecraft: Dawn
ID#: PIA18789
Added: 2014-11-17

Views: 1210

Geological Time Scale of Vesta

This graphic shows the geologic time scale of asteroid Vesta derived from geologic mapping.

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This high-resolution geological map of Vesta is derived from NASA's Dawn spacecraft data.
This high-resolution geological map of Vesta is derived from NASA's Dawn spacecraft data.

Geological Map of Vesta

This high-resolution geological map of Vesta is derived from NASA's Dawn spacecraft data.

Target: Vesta
Mission: Dawn
Spacecraft: Dawn
ID#: PIA18788
Added: 2014-11-17

Views: 6677

Geological Map of Vesta

This high-resolution geological map of Vesta is derived from NASA's Dawn spacecraft data.

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This colorized composite image from NASA's Dawn mission shows the crater Antonia, which lies in the enormous Rheasilvia basin in the southern hemisphere of the giant asteroid Vesta.
This colorized composite image from NASA's Dawn mission shows the crater Antonia, which lies in the enormous Rheasilvia basin in the southern hemisphere of the giant asteroid Vesta.

Vesta's Many Colors at Sextilia

This colorized composite image from NASA's Dawn mission shows the crater Antonia, which lies in the enormous Rheasilvia basin in the southern hemisphere of the giant asteroid Vesta.

Target: Vesta
Mission: Dawn
Spacecraft: Dawn
Instrument: Framing Camera
ID#: PIA17663
Added: 2013-12-16

Views: 2537

Vesta's Many Colors at Sextilia

This colorized composite image from NASA's Dawn mission shows the crater Antonia, which lies in the enormous Rheasilvia basin in the southern hemisphere of the giant asteroid Vesta.

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This colorized composite image from NASA's Dawn mission shows the crater Antonia, which lies in the enormous Rheasilvia basin in the southern hemisphere of the giant asteroid Vesta.
This colorized composite image from NASA's Dawn mission shows the crater Antonia, which lies in the enormous Rheasilvia basin in the southern hemisphere of the giant asteroid Vesta.

Antonia in Blue

This colorized composite image from NASA's Dawn mission shows the crater Antonia, which lies in the enormous Rheasilvia basin in the southern hemisphere of the giant asteroid Vesta.

Target: Vesta
Mission: Dawn
Spacecraft: Dawn
Instrument: Framing Camera
ID#: PIA17662
Added: 2013-12-16

Views: 3040

Antonia in Blue

This colorized composite image from NASA's Dawn mission shows the crater Antonia, which lies in the enormous Rheasilvia basin in the southern hemisphere of the giant asteroid Vesta.

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This colorful composite image from NASA's Dawn mission shows the flow of material inside and outside a crater called Aelia on the giant asteroid Vesta. To the naked eye, these structures would not be seen. But here, they stand out in blue and red.
This colorful composite image from NASA's Dawn mission shows the flow of material inside and outside a crater called Aelia on the giant asteroid Vesta. To the naked eye, these structures would not be seen. But here, they stand out in blue and red.

Flowing in, Flowing out of Aelia

This colorful composite image from NASA's Dawn mission shows the flow of material inside and outside a crater called Aelia on the giant asteroid Vesta. To the naked eye, these structures would not be seen. But here, they stand out in blue and red.

Target: Vesta
Mission: Dawn
Spacecraft: Dawn
Instrument: Framing Camera
ID#: PIA17661
Added: 2013-12-16

Views: 9938

Flowing in, Flowing out of Aelia

This colorful composite image from NASA's Dawn mission shows the flow of material inside and outside a crater called Aelia on the giant asteroid Vesta. To the naked eye, these structures would not be seen. But here, they stand out in blue and red.

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This graphic shows the planned trek of NASA's Dawn spacecraft from its launch in 2007 through its arrival at the dwarf planet Ceres in early 2015.
This graphic shows the planned trek of NASA's Dawn spacecraft from its launch in 2007 through its arrival at the dwarf planet Ceres in early 2015.

Journey to Ceres

This graphic shows the planned trek of NASA's Dawn spacecraft from its launch in 2007 through its arrival at the dwarf planet Ceres in early 2015.

Target: Ceres
Mission: Dawn
ID#: PIA17651
Added: 2013-12-03

Views: 3352

Journey to Ceres

This graphic shows the planned trek of NASA's Dawn spacecraft from its launch in 2007 through its arrival at the dwarf planet Ceres in early 2015.

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This artist's concept shows NASA's Dawn spacecraft heading toward the dwarf planet Ceres. When Dawn arrives, it will be the first spacecraft to go into orbit around two destinations in our solar system beyond Earth.
This artist's concept shows NASA's Dawn spacecraft heading toward the dwarf planet Ceres. When Dawn arrives, it will be the first spacecraft to go into orbit around two destinations in our solar system beyond Earth.

On the Way to Ceres (Artist Concept)

This artist's concept shows NASA's Dawn spacecraft heading toward the dwarf planet Ceres. When Dawn arrives, it will be the first spacecraft to go into orbit around two destinations in our solar system beyond Earth.

Target: Ceres
Mission: Dawn
ID#: PIA17650
Added: 2013-12-03

Views: 2707

On the Way to Ceres (Artist Concept)

This artist's concept shows NASA's Dawn spacecraft heading toward the dwarf planet Ceres. When Dawn arrives, it will be the first spacecraft to go into orbit around two destinations in our solar system beyond Earth.

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NASA's Dawn spacecraft will be getting an up-close look at the dwarf planet Ceres starting in late March or the beginning of April 2015. This graphic shows the science-gathering orbits planned for the spacecraft.
NASA's Dawn spacecraft will be getting an up-close look at the dwarf planet Ceres starting in late March or the beginning of April 2015. This graphic shows the science-gathering orbits planned for the spacecraft.

Closing in on Ceres

NASA's Dawn spacecraft will be getting an up-close look at the dwarf planet Ceres starting in late March or the beginning of April 2015. This graphic shows the science-gathering orbits planned for the spacecraft.

Target: Ceres
Mission: Dawn
Spacecraft: Dawn
ID#: PIA17479
Added: 2013-12-03

Views: 2823

Closing in on Ceres

NASA's Dawn spacecraft will be getting an up-close look at the dwarf planet Ceres starting in late March or the beginning of April 2015. This graphic shows the science-gathering orbits planned for the spacecraft.

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This image from NASA's Dawn mission shows a crater in the northern hemisphere of the giant asteroid Vesta called Bellicia.
This image from NASA's Dawn mission shows a crater in the northern hemisphere of the giant asteroid Vesta called Bellicia.

Bellicia Crater, in Visible Light

This image from NASA's Dawn mission shows a crater in the northern hemisphere of the giant asteroid Vesta called Bellicia.

Target: Vesta
Mission: Dawn
Spacecraft: Dawn
Instrument: Framing Camera
ID#: PIA17478
Added: 2013-11-06

Views: 1338

Bellicia Crater, in Visible Light

This image from NASA's Dawn mission shows a crater in the northern hemisphere of the giant asteroid Vesta called Bellicia.

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In this contrast-enhanced infrared image of Bellicia Crater on the giant asteroid Vesta, scientists from NASA's Dawn mission can see signs of the mineral olivine. Olivine was not expected to be found at Bellicia.
In this contrast-enhanced infrared image of Bellicia Crater on the giant asteroid Vesta, scientists from NASA's Dawn mission can see signs of the mineral olivine. Olivine was not expected to be found at Bellicia.

Contrast-Enhanced Image of Bellicia Crater

In this contrast-enhanced infrared image of Bellicia Crater on the giant asteroid Vesta, scientists from NASA's Dawn mission can see signs of the mineral olivine. Olivine was not expected to be found at Bellicia.

Target: Vesta
Mission: Dawn
Spacecraft: Dawn
Instrument: Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer
ID#: PIA17477
Added: 2013-11-06

Views: 1405

Contrast-Enhanced Image of Bellicia Crater

In this contrast-enhanced infrared image of Bellicia Crater on the giant asteroid Vesta, scientists from NASA's Dawn mission can see signs of the mineral olivine. Olivine was not expected to be found at Bellicia.

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This image shows infrared views of two craters,Bellicia (left) and Arruntia (right), at the giant asteroid Vesta that NASA's Dawn mission has found to sport the mineral olivine.
This image shows infrared views of two craters,Bellicia (left) and Arruntia (right), at the giant asteroid Vesta that NASA's Dawn mission has found to sport the mineral olivine.

Two Craters with Olivine

This image shows infrared views of two craters,Bellicia (left) and Arruntia (right), at the giant asteroid Vesta that NASA's Dawn mission has found to sport the mineral olivine.

Target: Vesta
Mission: Dawn
Spacecraft: Dawn
Instrument: Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer
ID#: PIA17476
Added: 2013-11-06

Views: 1578

Two Craters with Olivine

This image shows infrared views of two craters,Bellicia (left) and Arruntia (right), at the giant asteroid Vesta that NASA's Dawn mission has found to sport the mineral olivine.

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This colorized map from NASA's Dawn mission shows the types of rocks and minerals distributed around the surface of the giant asteroid Vesta.
This colorized map from NASA's Dawn mission shows the types of rocks and minerals distributed around the surface of the giant asteroid Vesta.

Map of Rock Properties at Giant Asteroid Vesta

This colorized map from NASA's Dawn mission shows the types of rocks and minerals distributed around the surface of the giant asteroid Vesta.

Target: Vesta
Mission: Dawn
Spacecraft: Dawn
Instrument: Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer
ID#: PIA17475
Added: 2013-11-06

Views: 2219

Map of Rock Properties at Giant Asteroid Vesta

This colorized map from NASA's Dawn mission shows the types of rocks and minerals distributed around the surface of the giant asteroid Vesta.

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These two images compare topographic maps of the giant asteroid Vesta as discerned by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope (top) and as seen by NASA's Dawn spacecraft (bottom). Hubble has been in an orbit around Earth, while Dawn orbited Vesta from 2011 to 2012.
These two images compare topographic maps of the giant asteroid Vesta as discerned by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope (top) and as seen by NASA's Dawn spacecraft (bottom). Hubble has been in an orbit around Earth, while Dawn orbited Vesta from 2011 to 2012.

Comparing Vesta's Topography

These two images compare topographic maps of the giant asteroid Vesta as discerned by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope (top) and as seen by NASA's Dawn spacecraft (bottom). Hubble has been in an orbit around Earth, while Dawn orbited Vesta from 2011 to 2012.

Target: Vesta
Mission: Dawn, Hubble Space Telescope
Spacecraft: Dawn
Instrument: Framing Camera, Hubble Space Telescope
ID#: PIA17466
Added: 2013-09-27

Views: 3006

Comparing Vesta's Topography

These two images compare topographic maps of the giant asteroid Vesta as discerned by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope (top) and as seen by NASA's Dawn spacecraft (bottom). Hubble has been in an orbit around Earth, while Dawn orbited Vesta from 2011 to 2012.

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These two maps of the giant asteroid Vesta show patterns of brightness from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope (top) and NASA's Dawn spacecraft (bottom). Hubble's view is from an orbit around Earth. Dawn went into orbit around Vesta from 2011 to 2012.
These two maps of the giant asteroid Vesta show patterns of brightness from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope (top) and NASA's Dawn spacecraft (bottom). Hubble's view is from an orbit around Earth. Dawn went into orbit around Vesta from 2011 to 2012.

Two Views of Vesta Bright and Dark

These two maps of the giant asteroid Vesta show patterns of brightness from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope (top) and NASA's Dawn spacecraft (bottom). Hubble's view is from an orbit around Earth. Dawn went into orbit around Vesta from 2011 to 2012.

Target: Vesta
Mission: Dawn, Hubble Space Telescope
Spacecraft: Dawn
Instrument: Framing Camera, Hubble Space Telescope
ID#: PIA17465
Added: 2013-09-27

Views: 2917

Two Views of Vesta Bright and Dark

These two maps of the giant asteroid Vesta show patterns of brightness from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope (top) and NASA's Dawn spacecraft (bottom). Hubble's view is from an orbit around Earth. Dawn went into orbit around Vesta from 2011 to 2012.

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This atlas of the giant asteroid Vesta was created from images taken as NASA's Dawn mission flew around the object, also known as a protoplanet.
This atlas of the giant asteroid Vesta was created from images taken as NASA's Dawn mission flew around the object, also known as a protoplanet.

Touring the Giant Asteroid Vesta

This atlas of the giant asteroid Vesta was created from images taken as NASA's Dawn mission flew around the object, also known as a protoplanet.

Target: Vesta
Mission: Dawn
Spacecraft: Dawn
Instrument: Framing Camera
ID#: PIA17480
Added: 2013-09-13

Views: 2834

Touring the Giant Asteroid Vesta

This atlas of the giant asteroid Vesta was created from images taken as NASA's Dawn mission flew around the object, also known as a protoplanet.

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This color-coded topography map from NASA's Dawn mission shows the giant asteroid Vesta in an equirectangular projection at 32 pixels per degree, relative to an ellipsoid of 177 miles by 177 miles by 142 miles.
This color-coded topography map from NASA's Dawn mission shows the giant asteroid Vesta in an equirectangular projection at 32 pixels per degree, relative to an ellipsoid of 177 miles by 177 miles by 142 miles.

Vesta Topography Map

This color-coded topography map from NASA's Dawn mission shows the giant asteroid Vesta in an equirectangular projection at 32 pixels per degree, relative to an ellipsoid of 177 miles by 177 miles by 142 miles.

Target: Vesta
Mission: Dawn
Spacecraft: Dawn
Instrument: Framing Camera
ID#: PIA17037
Added: 2013-07-08

Views: 6603

Vesta Topography Map

This color-coded topography map from NASA's Dawn mission shows the giant asteroid Vesta in an equirectangular projection at 32 pixels per degree, relative to an ellipsoid of 177 miles by 177 miles by 142 miles.

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Studying meteorites from the asteroid Vesta helps scientists understand the event known as the 'lunar cataclysm,' when a repositioning of the gas giant planets destabilized a portion of the asteroid belt and triggered a solar-system-wide bombardment.
Studying meteorites from the asteroid Vesta helps scientists understand the event known as the 'lunar cataclysm,' when a repositioning of the gas giant planets destabilized a portion of the asteroid belt and triggered a solar-system-wide bombardment.

A Shared Bombardment History

Studying meteorites from the asteroid Vesta helps scientists understand the event known as the 'lunar cataclysm,' when a repositioning of the gas giant planets destabilized a portion of the asteroid belt and triggered a solar-system-wide bombardment.

Target: Vesta
Mission: Dawn, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO)
Spacecraft: Dawn, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter
ID#: PIA16841
Added: 2013-03-25

Views: 1520

A Shared Bombardment History

Studying meteorites from the asteroid Vesta helps scientists understand the event known as the 'lunar cataclysm,' when a repositioning of the gas giant planets destabilized a portion of the asteroid belt and triggered a solar-system-wide bombardment.

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This map shows the distribution of dark materials throughout the southern hemisphere of the giant asteroid Vesta. The circles, diamonds, and stars show where the dark material appears in craters, spots and topographic highs.
This map shows the distribution of dark materials throughout the southern hemisphere of the giant asteroid Vesta. The circles, diamonds, and stars show where the dark material appears in craters, spots and topographic highs.

Distribution of Vesta's Dark Materials, Southern View

This map shows the distribution of dark materials throughout the southern hemisphere of the giant asteroid Vesta. The circles, diamonds, and stars show where the dark material appears in craters, spots and topographic highs.

Target: Vesta
Mission: Dawn
Spacecraft: Dawn
Instrument: Framing Camera
ID#: PIA16632
Added: 2013-01-03

Views: 2157

Distribution of Vesta's Dark Materials, Southern View

This map shows the distribution of dark materials throughout the southern hemisphere of the giant asteroid Vesta. The circles, diamonds, and stars show where the dark material appears in craters, spots and topographic highs.

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This composite-color view from NASA's Dawn mission shows Cornelia Crater, streaked with dark materials, on the giant asteroid Vesta. You need 3D glasses to view this image.
This composite-color view from NASA's Dawn mission shows Cornelia Crater, streaked with dark materials, on the giant asteroid Vesta. You need 3D glasses to view this image.

3-D View of Dark-Stained Cornelia

This composite-color view from NASA's Dawn mission shows Cornelia Crater, streaked with dark materials, on the giant asteroid Vesta. You need 3D glasses to view this image.

Target: Vesta
Mission: Dawn
Spacecraft: Dawn
Instrument: Framing Camera
ID#: PIA16631
Added: 2013-01-03

Views: 4962

3-D View of Dark-Stained Cornelia

This composite-color view from NASA's Dawn mission shows Cornelia Crater, streaked with dark materials, on the giant asteroid Vesta. You need 3D glasses to view this image.

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These mosaic images from NASA's Dawn mission show how dark, carbon-rich materials tend to speckle the rims of smaller craters or their immediate surroundings on the giant asteroid Vesta; Numisia Crater is shown at left.
These mosaic images from NASA's Dawn mission show how dark, carbon-rich materials tend to speckle the rims of smaller craters or their immediate surroundings on the giant asteroid Vesta; Numisia Crater is shown at left.

Dark Crater Rims

These mosaic images from NASA's Dawn mission show how dark, carbon-rich materials tend to speckle the rims of smaller craters or their immediate surroundings on the giant asteroid Vesta; Numisia Crater is shown at left.

Target: Vesta
Mission: Dawn
Spacecraft: Dawn
Instrument: Framing Camera
ID#: PIA16630
Added: 2013-01-03

Views: 2093

Dark Crater Rims

These mosaic images from NASA's Dawn mission show how dark, carbon-rich materials tend to speckle the rims of smaller craters or their immediate surroundings on the giant asteroid Vesta; Numisia Crater is shown at left.

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This image shows examples of straighter, shorter, wider gullies that scientists on NASA's Dawn mission have found on the giant asteroid Vesta. The crater shown here is called Fonteia.
This image shows examples of straighter, shorter, wider gullies that scientists on NASA's Dawn mission have found on the giant asteroid Vesta. The crater shown here is called Fonteia.

Straight Gullies in Fonteia

This image shows examples of straighter, shorter, wider gullies that scientists on NASA's Dawn mission have found on the giant asteroid Vesta. The crater shown here is called Fonteia.

Target: Vesta
Mission: Dawn
Spacecraft: Dawn
Instrument: Framing Camera
ID#: PIA16491
Added: 2012-12-06

Views: 1867

Straight Gullies in Fonteia

This image shows examples of straighter, shorter, wider gullies that scientists on NASA's Dawn mission have found on the giant asteroid Vesta. The crater shown here is called Fonteia.

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This image shows a close-up of long, narrow, sinuous gullies that scientists on NASA's Dawn mission have found on the giant asteroid Vesta. The crater shown here is called Cornelia.
This image shows a close-up of long, narrow, sinuous gullies that scientists on NASA's Dawn mission have found on the giant asteroid Vesta. The crater shown here is called Cornelia.

Sinuous Gullies, Close-up

This image shows a close-up of long, narrow, sinuous gullies that scientists on NASA's Dawn mission have found on the giant asteroid Vesta. The crater shown here is called Cornelia.

Target: Vesta
Mission: Dawn
Spacecraft: Dawn
Instrument: Framing Camera
ID#: PIA16490
Added: 2012-12-06

Views: 1888

Sinuous Gullies, Close-up

This image shows a close-up of long, narrow, sinuous gullies that scientists on NASA's Dawn mission have found on the giant asteroid Vesta. The crater shown here is called Cornelia.

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This image shows a close-up of long, narrow, sinuous gullies that scientists on NASA's Dawn mission have found on the giant asteroid Vesta. The crater shown here is called Cornelia.
This image shows a close-up of long, narrow, sinuous gullies that scientists on NASA's Dawn mission have found on the giant asteroid Vesta. The crater shown here is called Cornelia.

Sinuous Gullies in Cornelia Crater

This image shows a close-up of long, narrow, sinuous gullies that scientists on NASA's Dawn mission have found on the giant asteroid Vesta. The crater shown here is called Cornelia.

Target: Vesta
Mission: Dawn
Spacecraft: Dawn
Instrument: Framing Camera
ID#: PIA16489
Added: 2012-12-06

Views: 2065

Sinuous Gullies in Cornelia Crater

This image shows a close-up of long, narrow, sinuous gullies that scientists on NASA's Dawn mission have found on the giant asteroid Vesta. The crater shown here is called Cornelia.

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