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These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft show part of the ejecta blanket from Vesta's 'Snowman' craters in the northern hemisphere. The ejecta blanket fills the whole image and is identified by its hummocky yet smooth texture.
These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft show part of the ejecta blanket from Vesta's 'Snowman' craters in the northern hemisphere. The ejecta blanket fills the whole image and is identified by its hummocky yet smooth texture.

Topography and Albedo Image of Hummocky-mantled Terrain on Vesta

This is the first image obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft after successfully entering orbit around Vesta.
This is the first image obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft after successfully entering orbit around Vesta.

Latest Image of Vesta captured by Dawn on July 17, 2011

This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows linear grooves and ridges in Vesta's regolith, located in Vesta's Tuccia quadrangle, in asteroid Vesta's southern hemisphere.
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows linear grooves and ridges in Vesta's regolith, located in Vesta's Tuccia quadrangle, in asteroid Vesta's southern hemisphere.

Patterns in Vesta's Regolith

This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows Fabia crater, located in asteroid Vesta's Numisia quadrangle, in Vesta's northern hemisphere.
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows Fabia crater, located in asteroid Vesta's Numisia quadrangle, in Vesta's northern hemisphere.

Fabia Crater

These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft are located in asteroid Vesta's Pinaria quadrangle, in Vesta's southern hemisphere.
These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft are located in asteroid Vesta's Pinaria quadrangle, in Vesta's southern hemisphere.

HAMO and LAMO Images of Aquilia Crater

This image from NASA's Dawn mission shows huge grooves on the giant asteroid Vesta that were the result of mega impacts at the south pole.
This image from NASA's Dawn mission shows huge grooves on the giant asteroid Vesta that were the result of mega impacts at the south pole.

Huge Troughs on Vesta

These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft are located in asteroid Vesta's Tuccia quadrangle, in Vesta's southern hemisphere.
These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft are located in asteroid Vesta's Tuccia quadrangle, in Vesta's southern hemisphere.

Apparent Brightness and Topography Images of Antonia Crater

This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows a part of asteroid Vesta's surface that is covered by heavily cratered regolith. Regolith is the fine-grained material that covers most of Vesta's surface.
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows a part of asteroid Vesta's surface that is covered by heavily cratered regolith. Regolith is the fine-grained material that covers most of Vesta's surface.

Surface Covered with Regolith and Craters

This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows a very shadowed region in Vesta's northern hemisphere. Roughly the upper one third of asteroid Vesta's northern hemisphere is currently in shadow.
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows a very shadowed region in Vesta's northern hemisphere. Roughly the upper one third of asteroid Vesta's northern hemisphere is currently in shadow.

A Part of Vesta's Shadowed Northern Hemisphere

These composite images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft show three views of a terrain with ridges and grooves near Aquilia crater in the southern hemisphere of the giant asteroid Vesta.
These composite images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft show three views of a terrain with ridges and grooves near Aquilia crater in the southern hemisphere of the giant asteroid Vesta.

Aquilia Area in Color

These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft are located in asteroid Vesta's Lucaria Tholus quadrangle, in Vesta's northern hemisphere; the fine-scale of streaks of bright and dark material can be seen originating from the rim of Publicia crater.
These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft are located in asteroid Vesta's Lucaria Tholus quadrangle, in Vesta's northern hemisphere; the fine-scale of streaks of bright and dark material can be seen originating from the rim of Publicia crater.

HAMO and LAMO Images of Publicia Crater

This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows Arruntia crater, located in asteroid Vesta's Bellicia quadrangle, in Vesta's northern hemisphere.
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows Arruntia crater, located in asteroid Vesta's Bellicia quadrangle, in Vesta's northern hemisphere.

Arruntia Crater

This image of comet 67P/Churymov-Gerasimenko was taken on March 21, 2014, by the narrow-angle camera of the Rosetta spacecraft's Optical, Spectroscopic and Infrared Remote Imaging System (OSIRIS).
This image of comet 67P/Churymov-Gerasimenko was taken on March 21, 2014, by the narrow-angle camera of the Rosetta spacecraft's Optical, Spectroscopic and Infrared Remote Imaging System (OSIRIS).

Rosetta's Target

NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this image with its framing camera on Aug. 26, 2011. The detail in this image shows impacts of all sizes, grooves, scarps and smooth areas.
NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this image with its framing camera on Aug. 26, 2011. The detail in this image shows impacts of all sizes, grooves, scarps and smooth areas.

Impacts and Grooves on 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.
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

The south pole of the giant asteroid Vesta reveals cliffs that are several miles or kilometers high, deep grooves, and craters. This oblique view is from NASA's Dawn spacecraft.
The south pole of the giant asteroid Vesta reveals cliffs that are several miles or kilometers high, deep grooves, and craters. This oblique view is from NASA's Dawn spacecraft.

High Cliffs at Vesta's South Pole

NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained these images with its framing camera on Aug.17 and Sept.17, 2011. The left hand image shows scarps, mostly near the bottom. The right hand image is a close up, higher resolution view of a large part of the raised mound.
NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained these images with its framing camera on Aug.17 and Sept.17, 2011. The left hand image shows scarps, mostly near the bottom. The right hand image is a close up, higher resolution view of a large part of the raised mound.

Two Different Resolution Images of Vesta's South Polar Region

As NASA's Dawn spacecraft takes off for its next destination, this mosaic synthesizes some of the best views the spacecraft had of the giant asteroid Vesta. The set of three craters known as the 'snowman' can be seen at the top left.
As NASA's Dawn spacecraft takes off for its next destination, this mosaic synthesizes some of the best views the spacecraft had of the giant asteroid Vesta. The set of three craters known as the 'snowman' can be seen at the top left.

Full View of Vesta

This image of asteroid Vesta, from NASA's Dawn spacecraft, calculated from a shape model, shows a tilted view of the topography of the south polar region. This perspective removes the overall curvature of Vesta, as if the giant asteroid were flat and not
This image of asteroid Vesta, from NASA's Dawn spacecraft, calculated from a shape model, shows a tilted view of the topography of the south polar region. This perspective removes the overall curvature of Vesta, as if the giant asteroid were flat and not

Oblique View of Vesta's South Polar Region

When NASA's Dawn spacecraft sent the first images of the giant asteroid Vesta to the ground, scientists were fascinated by an enormous mound inside a big circular depression at the south pole. You need 3-D glasses to view this image.
When NASA's Dawn spacecraft sent the first images of the giant asteroid Vesta to the ground, scientists were fascinated by an enormous mound inside a big circular depression at the south pole. You need 3-D glasses to view this image.

Vesta's Surface in 3-D: A Big Mountain at the Asteroid's South Pole

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 image of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was taken by the Onboard Scientific Imaging System (OSIRIS) on the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft on June 4, 2014.
This image of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was taken by the Onboard Scientific Imaging System (OSIRIS) on the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft on June 4, 2014.

Rosetta Closing In

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

This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows the texture of the surface in a part of asteroid Vesta's southern hemisphere. This region is just north of the main Rheasilvia structure.
This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows the texture of the surface in a part of asteroid Vesta's southern hemisphere. This region is just north of the main Rheasilvia structure.

Complex Surface Texture in Vesta's Southern Hemisphere

This image of asteroid Vesta is one of many images taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft to create an animation showing the diversity of minerals through color representation.
This image of asteroid Vesta is one of many images taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft to create an animation showing the diversity of minerals through color representation.

Vesta's Coat of Many Colors

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