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Anaglyph image of Vesta’s equatorial region (II)

Anaglyph image of Vesta’s equatorial region (II)

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October 5, 2011

PASADENA, Calif. -- This anaglyph image shows the topography of part of Vesta’s equatorial region. When viewed correctly this image shows a 3D view of Vesta’s surface. This effect was achieved by superimposing two differently colored images with an offset to create depth. To view this image in 3D use red-green, or red-blue, glasses (left eye: red; right eye: green/ blue). The depth effect/ topography differences in this image were calculated from the shape model of Vesta. The irregular Vestan topography dominates this image: this uneven topography is mostly due to large, ancient, rather degraded ruin eroded craters. Three of these large ruin eroded craters can be reasonably clearly seen in the top right of the image. The bottom left of the image contains a sharp topography feature trending roughly NE-SW. This feature seems to cut across the equatorial troughs, which dominate the bottom half of the image. This image has a resolution of about 300 meters per pixel.

The Dawn mission to Vesta and Ceres is managed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Washington. UCLA is responsible for overall Dawn mission science. The Dawn framing cameras have been developed and built under the leadership of the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Katlenburg-Lindau, Germany, with significant contributions by DLR German Aerospace Center, Institute of Planetary Research, Berlin, and in coordination with the Institute of Computer and Communication Network Engineering, Braunschweig. The Framing Camera project is funded by the Max Planck Society, DLR, and NASA/JPL.

Image Credit: NASA/ JPL-Caltech/ UCLA/ MPS/ DLR/ IDA/ PSI

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