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Asteroids as Seen From Mars

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Asteroids as Seen From Mars; A Curiosity Rover First

A new image from NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is the first ever from the surface of Mars to show an asteroid, and it shows two: Ceres and Vesta.

These two -- the largest and third-largest bodies in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter -- are the destinations of NASA's Dawn mission. Dawn orbited Vesta in 2011 and 2012, and is on its way to begin orbiting Ceres next year. Ceres is a dwarf planet, as well as an asteroid.

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That is pretty wild. I wonder why some stars are pinpricks and some are streaks?

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I wonder why some stars are pinpricks and some are streaks?

All the stars are streaks, it's a long exposure image. The pin pricks will be noise of some kind on the image.

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All the stars are streaks, it's a long exposure image. The pin pricks will be noise of some kind on the image.

It seems all the cameras are suffering the effects of HEPs and the crazies are taking full advantage.

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