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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: 6673

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

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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: 9934

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 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: 1336

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: 1404

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: 1576

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: 2218

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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This is a NASA Hubble Space Telescope series of 24 images showing the full 5.34-hour rotation of the 325-mile diameter (525 kilometer) asteroid Vesta.
This is a NASA Hubble Space Telescope series of 24 images showing the full 5.34-hour rotation of the 325-mile diameter (525 kilometer) asteroid Vesta.

Asteroid or Mini-Planet? Hubble Maps the Ancient Surface of Vesta

This is a NASA Hubble Space Telescope series of 24 images showing the full 5.34-hour rotation of the 325-mile diameter (525 kilometer) asteroid Vesta.

Target: Vesta
Mission: Hubble Space Telescope
Instrument: Wide Field Planetary Camera 2
ID#: PIA17467
Added: 2013-09-27

Views: 2584

Asteroid or Mini-Planet? Hubble Maps the Ancient Surface of Vesta

This is a NASA Hubble Space Telescope series of 24 images showing the full 5.34-hour rotation of the 325-mile diameter (525 kilometer) 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: 3005

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: 2916

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: 2833

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: 6594

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: 4961

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: 1866

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: 1887

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: 2064

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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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows a close up of part of the rim around the crater Canuleia on the giant asteroid Vesta. Canuleia, about 6 miles (10 kilometers) in diameter, is the large crater at the bottom-left of this image.
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows a close up of part of the rim around the crater Canuleia on the giant asteroid Vesta. Canuleia, about 6 miles (10 kilometers) in diameter, is the large crater at the bottom-left of this image.

Canuleia, Up Close

This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows a close up of part of the rim around the crater Canuleia on the giant asteroid Vesta. Canuleia, about 6 miles (10 kilometers) in diameter, is the large crater at the bottom-left of this image.

Target: Vesta
Mission: Dawn
Spacecraft: Dawn
Instrument: Framing Camera
ID#: PIA16176
Added: 2012-10-31

Views: 1561

Canuleia, Up Close

This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows a close up of part of the rim around the crater Canuleia on the giant asteroid Vesta. Canuleia, about 6 miles (10 kilometers) in diameter, is the large crater at the bottom-left of this image.

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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft features the distinctive crater Canuleia on the giant asteroid Vesta. Canuleia, about 6 miles (10 kilometers) in diameter, is distinguished by the rays of bright material that streak out from it.
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft features the distinctive crater Canuleia on the giant asteroid Vesta. Canuleia, about 6 miles (10 kilometers) in diameter, is distinguished by the rays of bright material that streak out from it.

Fresh and Bright Canuleia

This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft features the distinctive crater Canuleia on the giant asteroid Vesta. Canuleia, about 6 miles (10 kilometers) in diameter, is distinguished by the rays of bright material that streak out from it.

Target: Vesta
Mission: Dawn
Spacecraft: Dawn
Instrument: Framing Camera
ID#: PIA16175
Added: 2012-10-31

Views: 1897

Fresh and Bright Canuleia

This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft features the distinctive crater Canuleia on the giant asteroid Vesta. Canuleia, about 6 miles (10 kilometers) in diameter, is distinguished by the rays of bright material that streak out from it.

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This map from NASA's Dawn mission indicates the presence of hydrated minerals on the giant asteroid Vesta about 30 degrees north latitude, in August 2011. At the time, it was winter in Vesta's northern hemisphere.
This map from NASA's Dawn mission indicates the presence of hydrated minerals on the giant asteroid Vesta about 30 degrees north latitude, in August 2011. At the time, it was winter in Vesta's northern hemisphere.

Map of Hydrated Minerals on Vesta

This map from NASA's Dawn mission indicates the presence of hydrated minerals on the giant asteroid Vesta about 30 degrees north latitude, in August 2011. At the time, it was winter in Vesta's northern hemisphere.

Target: Vesta
Mission: Dawn
Spacecraft: Dawn
Instrument: Visible and Infrared Spectrometer (VIR)
ID#: PIA16186
Added: 2012-09-26

Views: 2240

Map of Hydrated Minerals on Vesta

This map from NASA's Dawn mission indicates the presence of hydrated minerals on the giant asteroid Vesta about 30 degrees north latitude, in August 2011. At the time, it was winter in Vesta's northern hemisphere.

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A distinctive 'pitted terrain' observed by NASA's Dawn mission on asteroid Vesta has also been seen on Mars. The morphologies of pits are similar on both bodies, with irregular shapes and sharp angles where pits share walls.
A distinctive 'pitted terrain' observed by NASA's Dawn mission on asteroid Vesta has also been seen on Mars. The morphologies of pits are similar on both bodies, with irregular shapes and sharp angles where pits share walls.

Pitted Terrain on Mars and Vesta

A distinctive 'pitted terrain' observed by NASA's Dawn mission on asteroid Vesta has also been seen on Mars. The morphologies of pits are similar on both bodies, with irregular shapes and sharp angles where pits share walls.

Target: Vesta
Mission: Dawn, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Spacecraft: Dawn, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Instrument: Framing Camera, High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE)
ID#: PIA16185
Added: 2012-09-20

Views: 2322

Pitted Terrain on Mars and Vesta

A distinctive 'pitted terrain' observed by NASA's Dawn mission on asteroid Vesta has also been seen on Mars. The morphologies of pits are similar on both bodies, with irregular shapes and sharp angles where pits share walls.

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