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Giant Asteroid Vesta
Giant Asteroid Vesta (click to enlarge)
 
 

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 Dawn┬╣s 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).

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



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