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Dawn spacecraft approaches asteroid Vesta

June 16, 2011 | Comment icon 5 comments

Image Credit: NASA
NASA's Dawn spacecraft has taken remarkable images of its approach towards the massive asteroid.
The spacecraft is less than 300,000 miles from its target which is itself a huge 330 miles across, Vesta is the second most massive object in the asteroid belt and is considered to be a protoplanet because of its size and because it almost formed into a planet.
The Dawn mission to Vesta and Ceres is managed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D. C. It is a project of the Discovery Program managed by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala. UCLA, is responsible for overall Dawn mission science. Orbital Sciences Corporation of Dulles, Va. , designed and built the Dawn spacecraft.

Source: NASA | Comments (5)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Annabis 11 years ago
looks like a barren rock to me.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 11 years ago
looks like a barren rock to me. Well, in that case, it's rather fortunate that this data is being gathered for astronomers, geologists, planetary scientists and other scientists who know what they are looking at rather than you isn't it?
Comment icon #3 Posted by 27vet 11 years ago
We need rock samples.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Cosmic2012 11 years ago
Right on Dwarf!
Comment icon #5 Posted by MID 11 years ago
Right on Dwarf! Dead on. What a fantastic mission to-date. I can't wait to see the data from orbit!

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