NASA's Dawn spacecraft has returned a wealth of information during its analysis of the asteroid Vesta.
The giant asteroid is not dissimilar to a small planet or moon with an iron core and is believed to be one of the building blocks of the early solar system. "Dawn's visit to Vesta has confirmed our broad theories of this giant asteroid's history, while helping to fill in details it would have been impossible to know from afar," said NASA investigator Carol Raymond. "Dawn's residence at Vesta of nearly a year has made the asteroid's planet-like qualities obvious and shown us our connection to that bright orb in our night sky."
"NASA's Dawn spacecraft has provided researchers with the first orbital analysis of the giant asteroid Vesta, yielding new insights into its creation and kinship with terrestrial planets and Earth's moon."
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