PIA17480: Touring the Giant Asteroid Vesta
Date: 17 Sep 2013
This atlas of the giant asteroid Vesta was created from images taken as NASA's Dawn mission flew around the object, also known as a protoplanet. The set of maps was created from mosaics of10,000 images from Dawn¹s framing camera instrument, taken at a low altitude of about 130 miles (210 kilometers).
The maps are mostly at a scale about that of regional road touring maps, where every inch of map is equivalent to a little more than 3 miles of asteroid (one centimeter equals 2 kilometers).