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This image depicts the dwarf planet Ceres, as seen from the Dawn spacecraft. It was taken 147,000 miles (237,000 kilometers) from Ceres on January 25, 2015, is part of a series of views representing the best look so far at the dwarf planet.
This image depicts the dwarf planet Ceres, as seen from the Dawn spacecraft. It was taken 147,000 miles (237,000 kilometers) from Ceres on January 25, 2015, is part of a series of views representing the best look so far at the dwarf planet.

Ceres Sharper Than Ever (Zoomed Out View)

This image depicts the dwarf planet Ceres, as seen from the Dawn spacecraft. It was taken 147,000 miles (237,000 kilometers) from Ceres on January 25, 2015, is part of a series of views representing the best look so far at the dwarf planet.

Target: Ceres
Mission: Dawn
Spacecraft: Dawn
Instrument: Framing Camera
ID#: PIA19173
Added: 2015-01-27

Views: 1033

Ceres Sharper Than Ever (Zoomed Out View)

This image depicts the dwarf planet Ceres, as seen from the Dawn spacecraft. It was taken 147,000 miles (237,000 kilometers) from Ceres on January 25, 2015, is part of a series of views representing the best look so far at the dwarf planet.

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This image, taken 147,000 miles (237,000 kilometers) from Ceres on January 25, 2015 by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, is part of a series of views representing the best look so far at the dwarf planet.
This image, taken 147,000 miles (237,000 kilometers) from Ceres on January 25, 2015 by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, is part of a series of views representing the best look so far at the dwarf planet.

Ceres Sharper Than Ever

This image, taken 147,000 miles (237,000 kilometers) from Ceres on January 25, 2015 by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, is part of a series of views representing the best look so far at the dwarf planet.

Target: Ceres
Mission: Dawn
Spacecraft: Dawn
Instrument: Framing Camera
ID#: PIA19172
Added: 2015-01-27

Views: 249

Ceres Sharper Than Ever

This image, taken 147,000 miles (237,000 kilometers) from Ceres on January 25, 2015 by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, is part of a series of views representing the best look so far at the dwarf planet.

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This frame from an animation of the dwarf planet Ceres was made by combining images taken by the Dawn spacecraft on January 25, 2015. These images of Ceres, and they represent the highest-resolution views to date of the dwarf planet.
This frame from an animation of the dwarf planet Ceres was made by combining images taken by the Dawn spacecraft on January 25, 2015. These images of Ceres, and they represent the highest-resolution views to date of the dwarf planet.

Ceres Sharper Than Ever (Animation)

This frame from an animation of the dwarf planet Ceres was made by combining images taken by the Dawn spacecraft on January 25, 2015. These images of Ceres, and they represent the highest-resolution views to date of the dwarf planet.

Target: Ceres
Mission: Dawn
Spacecraft: Dawn
Instrument: Framing Camera
ID#: PIA19171
Added: 2015-01-27

Views: 1120

Ceres Sharper Than Ever (Animation)

This frame from an animation of the dwarf planet Ceres was made by combining images taken by the Dawn spacecraft on January 25, 2015. These images of Ceres, and they represent the highest-resolution views to date of the dwarf planet.

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This image shows Cornelia Crater on the large asteroid Vesta. On the right is an inset image showing an example of curved gullies, indicated by the short white arrows, and a fan-shaped deposit, indicated by long white arrows.
This image shows Cornelia Crater on the large asteroid Vesta. On the right is an inset image showing an example of curved gullies, indicated by the short white arrows, and a fan-shaped deposit, indicated by long white arrows.

Gully and Fan-Shaped Deposit on Vesta

This image shows Cornelia Crater on the large asteroid Vesta. On the right is an inset image showing an example of curved gullies, indicated by the short white arrows, and a fan-shaped deposit, indicated by long white arrows.

Target: Vesta
Mission: Dawn
Spacecraft: Dawn
Instrument: Framing Camera
ID#: PIA19170
Added: 2015-01-21

Views: 626

Gully and Fan-Shaped Deposit on Vesta

This image shows Cornelia Crater on the large asteroid Vesta. On the right is an inset image showing an example of curved gullies, indicated by the short white arrows, and a fan-shaped deposit, indicated by long white arrows.

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In this image, taken January 13, 2015, NASA's Dawn spacecraft captures the dwarf planet Ceres in both visible and infrared light. The infrared image, right, serves as a temperature map of Ceres, where white is warmer and red is colder.
In this image, taken January 13, 2015, NASA's Dawn spacecraft captures the dwarf planet Ceres in both visible and infrared light. The infrared image, right, serves as a temperature map of Ceres, where white is warmer and red is colder.

Ceres From Dawn, Visible and Infrared Light

In this image, taken January 13, 2015, NASA's Dawn spacecraft captures the dwarf planet Ceres in both visible and infrared light. The infrared image, right, serves as a temperature map of Ceres, where white is warmer and red is colder.

Target: Ceres
Mission: Dawn
Spacecraft: Dawn
Instrument: Visible and Infrared Spectrometer (VIR)
ID#: PIA19169
Added: 2015-01-19

Views: 218

Ceres From Dawn, Visible and Infrared Light

In this image, taken January 13, 2015, NASA's Dawn spacecraft captures the dwarf planet Ceres in both visible and infrared light. The infrared image, right, serves as a temperature map of Ceres, where white is warmer and red is colder.

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NASA's Dawn spacecraft as it observed Ceres for an hour from a distance of 238,000 miles.
NASA's Dawn spacecraft as it observed Ceres for an hour from a distance of 238,000 miles.

Animation of Ceres

NASA's Dawn spacecraft as it observed Ceres for an hour from a distance of 238,000 miles.

Target: Ceres
Mission: Dawn
Spacecraft: Dawn
Instrument: Framing Camera
ID#: PIA19168
Added: 2015-01-19

Views: 5120

Animation of Ceres

NASA's Dawn spacecraft as it observed Ceres for an hour from a distance of 238,000 miles.

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This processed image, taken Jan. 13, 2015, shows the dwarf planet Ceres as seen from the Dawn spacecraft. The image hints at craters on the surface of Ceres. Dawn's framing camera took this image at 238,000 miles (383,000 kilometers) from Ceres.
This processed image, taken Jan. 13, 2015, shows the dwarf planet Ceres as seen from the Dawn spacecraft. The image hints at craters on the surface of Ceres. Dawn's framing camera took this image at 238,000 miles (383,000 kilometers) from Ceres.

Ceres From Dawn, Processed

This processed image, taken Jan. 13, 2015, shows the dwarf planet Ceres as seen from the Dawn spacecraft. The image hints at craters on the surface of Ceres. Dawn's framing camera took this image at 238,000 miles (383,000 kilometers) from Ceres.

Target: Ceres
Mission: Dawn
Spacecraft: Dawn
Instrument: Framing Camera
ID#: PIA19167
Added: 2015-01-19

Views: 735

Ceres From Dawn, Processed

This processed image, taken Jan. 13, 2015, shows the dwarf planet Ceres as seen from the Dawn spacecraft. The image hints at craters on the surface of Ceres. Dawn's framing camera took this image at 238,000 miles (383,000 kilometers) from Ceres.

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This is a raw image, taken Jan. 13, 2015, showing the dwarf planet Ceres as seen from the Dawn spacecraft on its approach. Dawn's framing camera took this image at 238,000 miles (383,000 kilometers) from Ceres.
This is a raw image, taken Jan. 13, 2015, showing the dwarf planet Ceres as seen from the Dawn spacecraft on its approach. Dawn's framing camera took this image at 238,000 miles (383,000 kilometers) from Ceres.

Ceres From Dawn, Raw

This is a raw image, taken Jan. 13, 2015, showing the dwarf planet Ceres as seen from the Dawn spacecraft on its approach. Dawn's framing camera took this image at 238,000 miles (383,000 kilometers) from Ceres.

Target: Ceres
Mission: Dawn
Spacecraft: Dawn
Instrument: Framing Camera
ID#: PIA19166
Added: 2015-01-19

Views: 1092

Ceres From Dawn, Raw

This is a raw image, taken Jan. 13, 2015, showing the dwarf planet Ceres as seen from the Dawn spacecraft on its approach. Dawn's framing camera took this image at 238,000 miles (383,000 kilometers) from Ceres.

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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

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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

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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: 1333

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

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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: 2604

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: 3095

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: 10264

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: 3517

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: 4092

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

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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: 1388

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: 1453

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: 1626

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: 2301

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: 3088

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: 3002

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: 2909

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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