Science at Vesta

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Near-true color image of snowman crater on asteroid Vesta
Three impact craters of different sizes, arranged in the shape of a snowman, make up one of the most striking features on Vesta, as seen in this view from NASA's Dawn mission.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA
  View of the Rheasilvia basin in Vesta's southern hemisphere
This black and white movie shows a 360-degree view of the Rheasilvia basin in Vesta's southern hemisphere.
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   Global Mineral map of Vesta
This colorized map from NASA's Dawn mission shows the distribution of minerals across the surface of the giant asteroid Vesta.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/ INAF/MPS/DLR/IDA
  Composite images showing three views of terrain near asteroid Vesta's Aquilia crater
These composite images from the framing camera aboard NASA's Dawn spacecraft show three views of a terrain with ridges and grooves near Aquilia crater in the southern hemisphere of giant asteroid Vesta.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA
     
Composite images showing three views of crater Vibidia on asteroid Vesta
These composite images from the framing camera aboard NASA's Dawn spacecraft show three views of the comparatively fresh crater named Vibidia on the giant asteroid Vesta.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA
  Three images of the tarpeia crater near south pole of asteroid Vesta
These images of Tarpeia crater, near the south pole of the giant asteroid Vesta, were obtained by the visible and infrared mapping spectrometer on NASA's Dawn spacecraft.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ UCLA/INAF
  Colorized image showing temperature variations at asteroid Vesta's Tarpeia crater
This colorized image from NASA's Dawn mission shows temperature variations at Tarpeia crater, near the south pole of the giant asteroid Vesta.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/INAF
  Vesta shape and gravity field
This animation from NASA's Dawn mission shows that the gravity field of Vesta closely matches the surface topography of the giant asteroid Vesta.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA
     
Topography asteroid Vesta's southern hemisphere and a map of Vesta's gravity variations
This set of images from NASA's Dawn mission shows topography of the southern hemisphere of the giant asteroid Vesta and a map of Vesta's gravity variations that have been adjusted to account for Vesta's shape.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA
  Perspective view of layered young crater
This image, made from data obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, shows a perspective view of a layered young crater in the Rheasilvia basin at Vesta.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA
  Bright rays from Canuleia crater on asteroid Vesta
In this image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft, bright material extends out from the crater Canuleia on Vesta.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/ MPS/DLR/IDA/UMD
  Map of bright areas on asteroid Vesta
This mosaic depicts a portion of Vesta imaged by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft where pockets of bright materials are visible.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/ MPS/DLR/IDA/UMD
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