Science at Vesta

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Map of Vesta’s South Pole
The image map is centered on the asteroid’s south pole, which is surrounded by several large impact craters with diameters of about 10 to 30 miles (20 to 50 kilometers).
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  Vesta’s Surface in 3D: A Big Mountain at the Asteroid’s South Pole
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.
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  Vesta’s Surface in 3D: Details of Wave-Like Terrain in the South Pole
In this image, obtained by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft from an orbit of about 1,700 miles (2,700 kilometers) above the surface of asteroid Vesta, topography in the area surrounding Vesta’s south pole area shows impact craters, ridges and grooves.
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  Vesta’s Surface in 3D: An Ancient, Cratered Surface
This image of the giant asteroid Vesta obtained by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft shows the surface of the asteroid from an orbit of about 1,700 miles (2,700 kilometers) above the surface. Numerous impact craters illustrate the asteroid’s violent youth.
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False-Color Image Shows Proof of an Impact
This false-color image obtained by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft shows a crater on the giant asteroid Vesta. The reddish coloring below the crater points to material that was hurled from Vesta’s interior during an impact or originated from the impactor itself.
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  A False-Color Topography of Vesta’s South Pole
This false-color map of the giant asteroid Vesta was created from stereo images obtained by the framing camera aboard NASA’s Dawn spacecraft.
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  Viewing the South Pole of Vesta
This image obtained by the framing camera on NASA’s Dawn spacecraft shows the south pole of the giant asteroid Vesta.
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  High Cliffs at Vesta’s South Pole
The south pole of the giant asteroid Vesta reveals cliffs that are several miles or kilometers high, deep grooves, and craters.
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Impressive Mountain Tops on Vesta
In this image of the south pole region of the asteroid Vesta, a mountain is rising approximately 9 miles (15 kilometers) above the floor of a crater.
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  Anaglyph image of Vesta's equator put together from two clear filter images, taken on July 24, 2011
This anaglyph image of Vesta’s equator was put together from two clear filter images, taken on July 24, 2011 by the framing camera instrument aboard NASA’s Dawn spacecraft.
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  Image of Vesta captured by the Dawn spacecraft on July 31, 2011
NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this image with its framing camera on July 31, 2011. It was taken from a distance of about 2,300 miles (3,700 kilometers) away from the giant asteroid Vesta.
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  Image of Vesta captured by the Dawn spacecraft on July 24, 2011
NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this image of the giant asteroid Vesta with its framing camera on July 24, 2011. It was taken from a distance of about 3,200 miles (5,200 kilometers).
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