Space & Astronomy
First close-up image of asteroid Vesta
July 19, 2011 | 7 comments
Image Credit: NASA
NASA's Dawn spacecraft has taken a stunning close-up photograph of the asteroid it now orbits.
The goal of the mission is to assess the conditions and processes of the early solar system by investigating both Vesta and the dwarf planet Ceres, two protoplanets that have remained intact since their formation.
NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this image with its framing camera on July 17, 2011. It was taken from a distance of about 9,500 miles (15,000 kilometers) away from the protoplanet Vesta. Each pixel in the image corresponds to roughly 0. 88 miles (1. 4 kilometers).
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