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Perspective view of Cornelia crater on asteroid Vesta
This perspective view of Cornelia crater on the giant asteroid Vesta shows an example of "pitted terrain," an unexpected discovery in data returned by the Dawn mission.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA/ JHUAPL
  Enhanced-color views showing an unusual pitted terrain on the floors of the craters named Marcia (left) and Cornelia (right) on the giant asteroid Vesta
These enhanced-color views from NASA's Dawn mission show an unusual "pitted terrain" on the floors of the craters named Marcia (left) and Cornelia (right) on the giant asteroid Vesta.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ UCLA/ MPS/DLR/IDA/JHUAPL
  Image obtained of the giant asteroid Vesta as it was departing
A distinctive "pitted terrain” observed by NASA's Dawn mission on Vesta has also been seen on Mars.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ University of Arizona/MPS/ DLR/IDA/JHUAPL
  Image obtained of the giant asteroid Vesta as it was departing
This animation and still image show that NASA's Dawn mission detected abundances of hydrogen in a wide swath around the equator of the giant asteroid Vesta.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ UCLA/PSI/MPS/DLR/ IDA
     
Mosaic of full view of asteroid Vesta
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.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ UCAL/MPS/DLR/IDA
  Topography of the northern and southern hemispheres of the giant asteroid Vesta
This image from NASA's Dawn mission shows the topography of the northern and southern hemispheres of the giant asteroid Vesta, updated with pictures obtained during Dawn's last look back..
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ UCAL/MPS/DLR/IDA/PSI
  Image obtained of the giant asteroid Vesta as it was departing
This image is from the last sequence of images NASA's Dawn spacecraft looking down at Vesta's north pole as it was departing.
Credit:NASA/JPL-Caltech/ UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA
  The shadowy outlines of the terrain in Vesta's northern region

The shadowy outlines of the terrain in Vesta's northern region are visible in this image.

Credit:NASA/JPL-Caltech/ UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA
     
Image obtained of the giant asteroid Vesta as it was departing
This video highlights Dawn's top accomplishments during its orbit around the giant asteroid Vesta.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
  artist concept of NASA's Dawn spacecraft and asteroid Vesta
This image depicts an artist's concept of NASA's Dawn spacecraft's farewell portrait of asteroid Vesta.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
  View of the Calpurnia Crater in Dawn's Farewell Portrait to Asteroid Vesta
A simulated flyover of the most intriguing landmarks on giant asteroid Vesta, as seen by NASA's Dawn spacecraft.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
  Mineral distribution in the southern hemisphere of the giant asteroid Vesta
This image, made from data obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, shows the mineral distribution in the southern hemisphere of the giant asteroid Vesta.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/ INAF/MPS/DLR/IDA
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