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This image of asteroid 2011 MD was taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope in Feb. 2014, over a period of 20 hours.
This image of asteroid 2011 MD was taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope in Feb. 2014, over a period of 20 hours.

I Spy a Little Asteroid With My Infrared Eye

This image of asteroid 2011 MD was taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope in Feb. 2014, over a period of 20 hours.

Target: Asteroid
Mission: Spitzer Space Telescope
Instrument: Infrared Array Camera (IRAC)
ID#: PIA18453
Added: 2014-06-26

Views: 1193

I Spy a Little Asteroid With My Infrared Eye

This image of asteroid 2011 MD was taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope in Feb. 2014, over a period of 20 hours.

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NASA scientists used Earth-based radar to produce these sharp views -- an image montage and a movie sequence -- of the asteroid designated '2014 HQ124' on June 8, 2014.
NASA scientists used Earth-based radar to produce these sharp views -- an image montage and a movie sequence -- of the asteroid designated '2014 HQ124' on June 8, 2014.

Radar Images of Asteroid 2014 HQ124

NASA scientists used Earth-based radar to produce these sharp views -- an image montage and a movie sequence -- of the asteroid designated '2014 HQ124' on June 8, 2014.

Target: Asteroid
Mission: Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Instrument: Goldstone Solar System Radar
ID#: PIA18412
Added: 2014-06-12

Views: 2932

Radar Images of Asteroid 2014 HQ124

NASA scientists used Earth-based radar to produce these sharp views -- an image montage and a movie sequence -- of the asteroid designated '2014 HQ124' on June 8, 2014.

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This graphic depicts the passage of asteroid 2014 EC past Earth on March 6, 2014. The asteroid's closest approach is a distance equivalent to about one-sixth of the distance between Earth and the moon. The indicated times are in Universal Time.
This graphic depicts the passage of asteroid 2014 EC past Earth on March 6, 2014. The asteroid's closest approach is a distance equivalent to about one-sixth of the distance between Earth and the moon. The indicated times are in Universal Time.

Asteroid 2014 EC Flyby of Earth on March 6, 2014

This graphic depicts the passage of asteroid 2014 EC past Earth on March 6, 2014. The asteroid's closest approach is a distance equivalent to about one-sixth of the distance between Earth and the moon. The indicated times are in Universal Time.

Target: Asteroid
ID#: PIA17957
Added: 2014-03-06

Views: 1627

Asteroid 2014 EC Flyby of Earth on March 6, 2014

This graphic depicts the passage of asteroid 2014 EC past Earth on March 6, 2014. The asteroid's closest approach is a distance equivalent to about one-sixth of the distance between Earth and the moon. The indicated times are in Universal Time.

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This graphic depicts the passage of asteroid 2014 DX110 past Earth on March 5, 2014. The asteroid's closest approach was at a distance equivalent to about nine-tenths of the distance between Earth and the moon.
This graphic depicts the passage of asteroid 2014 DX110 past Earth on March 5, 2014. The asteroid's closest approach was at a distance equivalent to about nine-tenths of the distance between Earth and the moon.

Asteroid 2014 DX110 Flyby of Earth on March 5, 2014

This graphic depicts the passage of asteroid 2014 DX110 past Earth on March 5, 2014. The asteroid's closest approach was at a distance equivalent to about nine-tenths of the distance between Earth and the moon.

Target: Asteroid
ID#: PIA17955
Added: 2014-03-05

Views: 919

Asteroid 2014 DX110 Flyby of Earth on March 5, 2014

This graphic depicts the passage of asteroid 2014 DX110 past Earth on March 5, 2014. The asteroid's closest approach was at a distance equivalent to about nine-tenths of the distance between Earth and the moon.

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The six red dots in this composite picture indicate the location of the first new near-Earth asteroid, called 2013 YP139, as seen by NASA's NEOWISE.
The six red dots in this composite picture indicate the location of the first new near-Earth asteroid, called 2013 YP139, as seen by NASA's NEOWISE.

Asteroid Tracks Among the Stars

The six red dots in this composite picture indicate the location of the first new near-Earth asteroid, called 2013 YP139, as seen by NASA's NEOWISE.

Target: Asteroid
Mission: NEOWISE Project
Instrument: NEOWISE Telescope
ID#: PIA17832
Added: 2014-01-23

Views: 4132

Asteroid Tracks Among the Stars

The six red dots in this composite picture indicate the location of the first new near-Earth asteroid, called 2013 YP139, as seen by NASA's NEOWISE.

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The six red dots in this composite picture indicate the location of the first new near-Earth asteroid, called 2013 YP139, as seen by NASA's NEOWISE.
The six red dots in this composite picture indicate the location of the first new near-Earth asteroid, called 2013 YP139, as seen by NASA's NEOWISE.

NEOWISE's New Find

The six red dots in this composite picture indicate the location of the first new near-Earth asteroid, called 2013 YP139, as seen by NASA's NEOWISE.

Target: Asteroid
Mission: Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
Instrument: NEOWISE Telescope
ID#: PIA17829
Added: 2014-01-07

Views: 3125

NEOWISE's New Find

The six red dots in this composite picture indicate the location of the first new near-Earth asteroid, called 2013 YP139, as seen by NASA's NEOWISE.

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NASA's NEOWISE, snapped this infrared picture of near-Earth object 1998 KN3 as it zips past a cloud of dense gas and dust near the Orion nebula.
NASA's NEOWISE, snapped this infrared picture of near-Earth object 1998 KN3 as it zips past a cloud of dense gas and dust near the Orion nebula.

Asteroid Zips By Orion

NASA's NEOWISE, snapped this infrared picture of near-Earth object 1998 KN3 as it zips past a cloud of dense gas and dust near the Orion nebula.

Target: Asteroid
Mission: Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
Spacecraft: WISE
Instrument: WISE Telescope
ID#: PIA17255
Added: 2013-08-21

Views: 4124

Asteroid Zips By Orion

NASA's NEOWISE, snapped this infrared picture of near-Earth object 1998 KN3 as it zips past a cloud of dense gas and dust near the Orion nebula.

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This collage of radar images of near-Earth asteroid 2005 WK4 was collected by NASA scientists using the 230-foot (70-meter) Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, Calif., on Aug. 8, 2013.
This collage of radar images of near-Earth asteroid 2005 WK4 was collected by NASA scientists using the 230-foot (70-meter) Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, Calif., on Aug. 8, 2013.

Asteroid 2005 WK4

This collage of radar images of near-Earth asteroid 2005 WK4 was collected by NASA scientists using the 230-foot (70-meter) Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, Calif., on Aug. 8, 2013.

Target: Asteroid
Mission: Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Instrument: Goldstone Solar System Radar
ID#: PIA17406
Added: 2013-08-15

Views: 1247

Asteroid 2005 WK4

This collage of radar images of near-Earth asteroid 2005 WK4 was collected by NASA scientists using the 230-foot (70-meter) Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, Calif., on Aug. 8, 2013.

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This graphic shows the orbits of all the known Potentially Hazardous Asteroids (PHAs), numbering over 1,400 as of early 2013.
This graphic shows the orbits of all the known Potentially Hazardous Asteroids (PHAs), numbering over 1,400 as of early 2013.

Orbits of Potentially Hazardous Asteroids (PHAs)

This graphic shows the orbits of all the known Potentially Hazardous Asteroids (PHAs), numbering over 1,400 as of early 2013.

Target: Asteroid
ID#: PIA17041
Added: 2013-08-02

Views: 3794

Orbits of Potentially Hazardous Asteroids (PHAs)

This graphic shows the orbits of all the known Potentially Hazardous Asteroids (PHAs), numbering over 1,400 as of early 2013.

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This radar imagery of asteroid 1998 QE2 and its moon was generated from data collected by NASA's 230-foot-wide (70-meter) Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, Calif., on June 1, 2013.
This radar imagery of asteroid 1998 QE2 and its moon was generated from data collected by NASA's 230-foot-wide (70-meter) Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, Calif., on June 1, 2013.

Radar Movies Highlight Asteroid 1998 QE2 and Its Moon

This radar imagery of asteroid 1998 QE2 and its moon was generated from data collected by NASA's 230-foot-wide (70-meter) Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, Calif., on June 1, 2013.

Target: Asteroid
Mission: Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Spacecraft: Goldstone Antenna
Instrument: Goldstone Solar System Radar
ID#: PIA17235
Added: 2013-06-06

Views: 1563

Radar Movies Highlight Asteroid 1998 QE2 and Its Moon

This radar imagery of asteroid 1998 QE2 and its moon was generated from data collected by NASA's 230-foot-wide (70-meter) Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, Calif., on June 1, 2013.

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This sequence of radar images of asteroid 2013 ET was obtained on Mar. 10, 2013, by NASA scientists using the 230-foot (70-meter) DSN antenna at Goldstone, CA, when the asteroid was about 693,000 mi (1.1 million km) from Earth.
This sequence of radar images of asteroid 2013 ET was obtained on Mar. 10, 2013, by NASA scientists using the 230-foot (70-meter) DSN antenna at Goldstone, CA, when the asteroid was about 693,000 mi (1.1 million km) from Earth.

Goldstone Radar Images of Asteroid 2013 ET

This sequence of radar images of asteroid 2013 ET was obtained on Mar. 10, 2013, by NASA scientists using the 230-foot (70-meter) DSN antenna at Goldstone, CA, when the asteroid was about 693,000 mi (1.1 million km) from Earth.

Target: Asteroid
Mission: Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Spacecraft: Goldstone Antenna
Instrument: Goldstone Solar System Radar
ID#: PIA16895
Added: 2013-03-18

Views: 1490

Goldstone Radar Images of Asteroid 2013 ET

This sequence of radar images of asteroid 2013 ET was obtained on Mar. 10, 2013, by NASA scientists using the 230-foot (70-meter) DSN antenna at Goldstone, CA, when the asteroid was about 693,000 mi (1.1 million km) from Earth.

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This set of images from the La Sagra Sky Survey, operated by the Astronomical Observatory of Mallorca in Spain, shows the passage of asteroid 2012 DA14 shortly after its closest, and safe, approach to Earth.
This set of images from the La Sagra Sky Survey, operated by the Astronomical Observatory of Mallorca in Spain, shows the passage of asteroid 2012 DA14 shortly after its closest, and safe, approach to Earth.

Outbound Near-Earth Asteroid, as Seen from Spain

This set of images from the La Sagra Sky Survey, operated by the Astronomical Observatory of Mallorca in Spain, shows the passage of asteroid 2012 DA14 shortly after its closest, and safe, approach to Earth.

Target: Asteroid
Mission: Astronomical Observatory of Mallorca
Instrument: La Sagra Sky Survey
ID#: PIA16738
Added: 2013-02-15

Views: 1456

Outbound Near-Earth Asteroid, as Seen from Spain

This set of images from the La Sagra Sky Survey, operated by the Astronomical Observatory of Mallorca in Spain, shows the passage of asteroid 2012 DA14 shortly after its closest, and safe, approach to Earth.

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An animated set of images, from the telescope known as the iTelescope.net Siding Spring Observatory, shows asteroid 2012 DA14 as the streak moving from top to bottom in the field of view. The animation is available in the Planetary Photojournal.
An animated set of images, from the telescope known as the iTelescope.net Siding Spring Observatory, shows asteroid 2012 DA14 as the streak moving from top to bottom in the field of view. The animation is available in the Planetary Photojournal.

Asteroid 2012 DA14 as Seen from Siding Spring, Australia

An animated set of images, from the telescope known as the iTelescope.net Siding Spring Observatory, shows asteroid 2012 DA14 as the streak moving from top to bottom in the field of view. The animation is available in the Planetary Photojournal.

Target: Asteroid
Mission: Siding Spring Observatory
ID#: PIA16737
Added: 2013-02-15

Views: 1594

Asteroid 2012 DA14 as Seen from Siding Spring, Australia

An animated set of images, from the telescope known as the iTelescope.net Siding Spring Observatory, shows asteroid 2012 DA14 as the streak moving from top to bottom in the field of view. The animation is available in the Planetary Photojournal.

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This frame from a movie shows the asteroid 2012 DA14 flying safely by Earth, as seen by the Gingin Observatory in Australia around the time of its closest approach, 11:24:42 a.m. PST (2:24:42 p. The animation is available in the Planetary Photojournal.
This frame from a movie shows the asteroid 2012 DA14 flying safely by Earth, as seen by the Gingin Observatory in Australia around the time of its closest approach, 11:24:42 a.m. PST (2:24:42 p. The animation is available in the Planetary Photojournal.

Gingin Observatory Spots Near-Earth Asteroid at Closest Approach

This frame from a movie shows the asteroid 2012 DA14 flying safely by Earth, as seen by the Gingin Observatory in Australia around the time of its closest approach, 11:24:42 a.m. PST (2:24:42 p. The animation is available in the Planetary Photojournal.

Target: Asteroid
Mission: Gingin Observatory
ID#: PIA16736
Added: 2013-02-15

Views: 1784

Gingin Observatory Spots Near-Earth Asteroid at Closest Approach

This frame from a movie shows the asteroid 2012 DA14 flying safely by Earth, as seen by the Gingin Observatory in Australia around the time of its closest approach, 11:24:42 a.m. PST (2:24:42 p. The animation is available in the Planetary Photojournal.

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This frame from a movie from the Samford Valley Observatory in Brisbane, Australia, shows the progress of asteroid 2012 DA14 across the night sky as it nears its closest approach. It was taken at 12:59 UTC on Feb. 15 (7:59 a.m. EST, or 4:59 a.m. PST).
This frame from a movie from the Samford Valley Observatory in Brisbane, Australia, shows the progress of asteroid 2012 DA14 across the night sky as it nears its closest approach. It was taken at 12:59 UTC on Feb. 15 (7:59 a.m. EST, or 4:59 a.m. PST).

Approach of Asteroid 2012 DA14 from Samford Valley Observatory

This frame from a movie from the Samford Valley Observatory in Brisbane, Australia, shows the progress of asteroid 2012 DA14 across the night sky as it nears its closest approach. It was taken at 12:59 UTC on Feb. 15 (7:59 a.m. EST, or 4:59 a.m. PST).

Target: Asteroid
Mission: Samford Valley Observatory
ID#: PIA16735
Added: 2013-02-15

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Approach of Asteroid 2012 DA14 from Samford Valley Observatory

This frame from a movie from the Samford Valley Observatory in Brisbane, Australia, shows the progress of asteroid 2012 DA14 across the night sky as it nears its closest approach. It was taken at 12:59 UTC on Feb. 15 (7:59 a.m. EST, or 4:59 a.m. PST).

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This image of asteroid Toutatis was generated with data collected using NASA's Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, Calif., on Dec. 12 and 13, 2012 and indicates that it is an elongated, irregularly shaped object with ridges and perhaps craters.
This image of asteroid Toutatis was generated with data collected using NASA's Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, Calif., on Dec. 12 and 13, 2012 and indicates that it is an elongated, irregularly shaped object with ridges and perhaps craters.

Tumbling Asteroid Toutatis

This image of asteroid Toutatis was generated with data collected using NASA's Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, Calif., on Dec. 12 and 13, 2012 and indicates that it is an elongated, irregularly shaped object with ridges and perhaps craters.

Target: Asteroid
Mission: Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Spacecraft: Goldstone Antenna
Instrument: Goldstone Solar System Radar
ID#: PIA16599
Added: 2012-12-14

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Tumbling Asteroid Toutatis

This image of asteroid Toutatis was generated with data collected using NASA's Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, Calif., on Dec. 12 and 13, 2012 and indicates that it is an elongated, irregularly shaped object with ridges and perhaps craters.

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Images of asteroid 2007 PA8 have been generated with data collected by NASA's Goldstone Solar System Radar. The images of 2007 PA8 reveal possible craters, boulders, an irregular, asymmetric shape, and very slow rotation.
Images of asteroid 2007 PA8 have been generated with data collected by NASA's Goldstone Solar System Radar. The images of 2007 PA8 reveal possible craters, boulders, an irregular, asymmetric shape, and very slow rotation.

Nine Radar Images of Asteroid PA8

Images of asteroid 2007 PA8 have been generated with data collected by NASA's Goldstone Solar System Radar. The images of 2007 PA8 reveal possible craters, boulders, an irregular, asymmetric shape, and very slow rotation.

Target: Asteroid
Mission: Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Instrument: Goldstone Solar System Radar
ID#: PIA16474
Added: 2012-11-26

Views: 2300

Nine Radar Images of Asteroid PA8

Images of asteroid 2007 PA8 have been generated with data collected by NASA's Goldstone Solar System Radar. The images of 2007 PA8 reveal possible craters, boulders, an irregular, asymmetric shape, and very slow rotation.

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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft is dominated by bright rayed craters of different sizes. The most prominent bright rayed crater is named Tuccia.
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft is dominated by bright rayed craters of different sizes. The most prominent bright rayed crater is named Tuccia.

Bright Rayed Craters in Tuccia Quadrangle

This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft is dominated by bright rayed craters of different sizes. The most prominent bright rayed crater is named Tuccia.

Target: Asteroid
Mission: Dawn
Spacecraft: Dawn
Instrument: Framing Camera
ID#: PIA15081
Added: 2011-11-16

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Bright Rayed Craters in Tuccia Quadrangle

This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft is dominated by bright rayed craters of different sizes. The most prominent bright rayed crater is named Tuccia.

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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows the hummocky (wavy/undulating) terrain of Vesta's Rheasilvia quadrangle, which is the south polar region.
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows the hummocky (wavy/undulating) terrain of Vesta's Rheasilvia quadrangle, which is the south polar region.

Hummocky Terrain in Vesta's Rheasilvia Quadrangle

This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows the hummocky (wavy/undulating) terrain of Vesta's Rheasilvia quadrangle, which is the south polar region.

Target: Asteroid
Mission: Dawn
Spacecraft: Dawn
Instrument: Framing Camera
ID#: PIA15080
Added: 2011-11-15

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Hummocky Terrain in Vesta's Rheasilvia Quadrangle

This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows the hummocky (wavy/undulating) terrain of Vesta's Rheasilvia quadrangle, which is the south polar region.

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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows four large impact craters close to one another on Vesta's surface. Interestingly, each of these four has a distinct preservation state.
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows four large impact craters close to one another on Vesta's surface. Interestingly, each of these four has a distinct preservation state.

Impact Craters with Different Preservation States

This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows four large impact craters close to one another on Vesta's surface. Interestingly, each of these four has a distinct preservation state.

Target: Asteroid
Mission: Dawn
Spacecraft: Dawn
Instrument: Framing Camera
ID#: PIA15048
Added: 2011-11-14

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Impact Craters with Different Preservation States

This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows four large impact craters close to one another on Vesta's surface. Interestingly, each of these four has a distinct preservation state.

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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows a part of the surface of asteroid Vesta, which is mantled (covered) by an ejecta blanket, evident as smoothly textured surface visible across the image.
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows a part of the surface of asteroid Vesta, which is mantled (covered) by an ejecta blanket, evident as smoothly textured surface visible across the image.

Mantled Surface of Vesta with Secondaries

This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows a part of the surface of asteroid Vesta, which is mantled (covered) by an ejecta blanket, evident as smoothly textured surface visible across the image.

Target: Asteroid
Mission: Dawn
Spacecraft: Dawn
Instrument: Framing Camera
ID#: PIA15047
Added: 2011-11-13

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Mantled Surface of Vesta with Secondaries

This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows a part of the surface of asteroid Vesta, which is mantled (covered) by an ejecta blanket, evident as smoothly textured surface visible across the image.

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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows numerous grooves (linear depressions) and crater chains, especially in the right hand side of the image of asteroid Vesta.
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows numerous grooves (linear depressions) and crater chains, especially in the right hand side of the image of asteroid Vesta.

Grooves and Crater Chains on Vesta

This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows numerous grooves (linear depressions) and crater chains, especially in the right hand side of the image of asteroid Vesta.

Target: Asteroid
Mission: Dawn
Spacecraft: Dawn
Instrument: Framing Camera
ID#: PIA15046
Added: 2011-11-12

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Grooves and Crater Chains on Vesta

This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows numerous grooves (linear depressions) and crater chains, especially in the right hand side of the image of asteroid Vesta.

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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows a small, young, fresh crater on asteroid Vesta with bright and dark rays extending from it.
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows a small, young, fresh crater on asteroid Vesta with bright and dark rays extending from it.

Fresh Crater with Bright and Dark Rays

This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows a small, young, fresh crater on asteroid Vesta with bright and dark rays extending from it.

Target: Asteroid
Mission: Dawn
Spacecraft: Dawn
Instrument: Framing Camera
ID#: PIA15045
Added: 2011-11-11

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Fresh Crater with Bright and Dark Rays

This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows a small, young, fresh crater on asteroid Vesta with bright and dark rays extending from it.

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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft is dominated by a wide, young, fresh crater on asteroid Vesta. Surrounding this crater is its ejecta blanket, a covering of small particles that were thrown out during the impact that formed the crater.
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft is dominated by a wide, young, fresh crater on asteroid Vesta. Surrounding this crater is its ejecta blanket, a covering of small particles that were thrown out during the impact that formed the crater.

Ejecta from a Fresh Crater Covering Older Craters and Crater Chains

This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft is dominated by a wide, young, fresh crater on asteroid Vesta. Surrounding this crater is its ejecta blanket, a covering of small particles that were thrown out during the impact that formed the crater.

Target: Asteroid
Mission: Dawn
Spacecraft: Dawn
Instrument: Framing Camera
ID#: PIA15044
Added: 2011-11-10

Views: 2459

Ejecta from a Fresh Crater Covering Older Craters and Crater Chains

This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft is dominated by a wide, young, fresh crater on asteroid Vesta. Surrounding this crater is its ejecta blanket, a covering of small particles that were thrown out during the impact that formed the crater.

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NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows the central area of the south polar basin. This view is rotated by approximately 90°.
NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows the central area of the south polar basin. This view is rotated by approximately 90°.

Topography of Vesta's South Polar Region IV

NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows the central area of the south polar basin. This view is rotated by approximately 90°.

Target: Asteroid
Mission: Dawn
Spacecraft: Dawn
Instrument: Framing Camera
ID#: PIA15014
Added: 2011-11-05

Views: 2825

Topography of Vesta's South Polar Region IV

NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows the central area of the south polar basin. This view is rotated by approximately 90°.

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