Dawn Returns Closeup Views of Vesta

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False Color image of Vesta crater and ejecta
Image Credit: NASA / JPL Caltech / UCLA / MPS / DLR / IDA

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) has released new images taken by the Dawn spacecraft in orbit around Vesta.

The image above is a false-color image of a crater on Vesta. The ejected material from the crater is seen in red below the crater. The Dawn spacecraft obtained this image at an altitude of 2,700 kilometers, and the resolution is about 260 meters per pixel.

The image below shows the south pole of the giant asteroid Vesta. Scientists are discussing whether the circular structure that covers most of this image originated by a collision with another asteroid, or by internal processes early in the asteroid’s history. Images in higher resolution from Dawn’s lowered orbit might help answer that question.

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South Pole of the asteroid Vesta
Image Credit: NASA / JPL Caltech / UCLA / MPS / DLR / IDA

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