Solar System Exploration
Vesta's Surface Comes into View
June 13, 2011
Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
A new video from NASA's Dawn spacecraft takes us on a flyover journey above the surface of the giant asteroid Vesta.
Vesta False Color Shape Model
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This video takes viewers on a virtual tour of Vesta's south polar basin, the 'snowman' set of craters and a crater called Oppia.
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