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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-04-24 Ceres Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has caught the first image of asteroids taken from the surface of Mars. The image includes two asteroids, Ceres and Vesta. This version includes Mars' moon Deimos.
PIA17937:
First Asteroid Image from the Surface of Mars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-03-27 Comet Rosetta
OSIRIS
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This image of comet 67P/Churymov-Gerasimenko was taken on March 20, 2014, by the wide-angle camera of the Rosetta spacecraft's Optical, Spectroscopic and Infrared Remote Imaging System (OSIRIS).
PIA17796:
Rosetta Images its Target
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-03-27 Comet Rosetta
OSIRIS
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This image of comet 67P/Churymov-Gerasimenko was taken on March 21, 2014, by the narrow-angle camera of the Rosetta spacecraft's Optical, Spectroscopic and Infrared Remote Imaging System (OSIRIS).
PIA17795:
Rosetta's Target
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-03-06 Asteroid 1024x768x3
This graphic depicts the passage of asteroid 2014 EC past Earth on March 6, 2014. The asteroid's closest approach is a distance equivalent to about one-sixth of the distance between Earth and the moon. The indicated times are in Universal Time.
PIA17957:
Asteroid 2014 EC Flyby of Earth on March 6, 2014
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-03-05 Asteroid 1024x768x3
This graphic depicts the passage of asteroid 2014 DX110 past Earth on March 5, 2014. The asteroid's closest approach was at a distance equivalent to about nine-tenths of the distance between Earth and the moon.
PIA17955:
Asteroid 2014 DX110 Flyby of Earth on March 5, 2014
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-02-27 Comet NEOWISE
NEOWISE Telescope
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Comet NEOWISE was first observed by NASA's NEOWISE spacecraft on Valentine's Day, 2014. This heat-sensitive infrared image was made by combining six exposures taken by the NEOWISE mission of the newly discovered comet.
PIA18032:
An Infrared portrait of Comet NEOWISE (C/2014 C3)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-01-24 Comet Rosetta
VLT
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This image shows the most recent observations of the 2-mile-wide (4-kilometer-wide) comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, which is the upcoming target of the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission.
PIA17667:
Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on Oct. 5, 2013
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-01-24 Comet Rosetta
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Artist's impression of the Rosetta orbiter at comet 67P/Churyumova-Gerasimenko. The image is not to scale.
PIA17666:
Rosetta at Comet
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-01-24 Comet Rosetta
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Three of NASA's contributions to the ESA's Rosetta mission are pictured here: an ultraviolet spectrometer called Alice (top), the Ion and Electron Sensor (IES) (bottom left), and the Microwave Instrument for Rosetta Orbiter (MIRO) (bottom right).
PIA17664:
U.S. Instruments Aboard Rosetta
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-01-24 Asteroid NEOWISE
NEOWISE Telescope
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The six red dots in this composite picture indicate the location of the first new near-Earth asteroid, called 2013 YP139, as seen by NASA's NEOWISE.
PIA17832:
Asteroid Tracks Among the Stars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-01-22 Ceres Herschel Space Observatory
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This graph shows variability in the intensity of the water absorption signal detected at Ceres by the Herschel space observatory on March 6, 2013.
PIA17831:
Water Detection on Ceres
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-01-22 Ceres Herschel Space Observatory
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Dwarf planet Ceres is located in the main asteroid belt, between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, as illustrated in this artist's conception.
PIA17830:
Dwarf Planet Ceres, Artist's Impression
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-01-07 Asteroid NEOWISE
NEOWISE Telescope
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The six red dots in this composite picture indicate the location of the first new near-Earth asteroid, called 2013 YP139, as seen by NASA's NEOWISE.
PIA17829:
NEOWISE's New Find
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-19 Asteroid NEOWISE
NEOWISE Telescope
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NASA's NEOWISE spacecraft opened its 'eyes' after more than two years of slumber to see the starry sky with the same clarity achieved during its prime mission. This image shows a patch of sky in the constellation Pisces.
PIA17811:
NEOWISE's Next Light
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-16 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This colorized composite image from NASA's Dawn mission shows the crater Antonia, which lies in the enormous Rheasilvia basin in the southern hemisphere of the giant asteroid Vesta.
PIA17663:
Vesta's Many Colors at Sextilia
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-16 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This colorized composite image from NASA's Dawn mission shows the crater Antonia, which lies in the enormous Rheasilvia basin in the southern hemisphere of the giant asteroid Vesta.
PIA17662:
Antonia in Blue
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-16 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This colorful composite image from NASA's Dawn mission shows the flow of material inside and outside a crater called Aelia on the giant asteroid Vesta. To the naked eye, these structures would not be seen. But here, they stand out in blue and red.
PIA17661:
Flowing in, Flowing out of Aelia
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-03 Ceres Dawn
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This graphic shows the planned trek of NASA's Dawn spacecraft from its launch in 2007 through its arrival at the dwarf planet Ceres in early 2015.
PIA17651:
Journey to Ceres
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-03 Ceres Dawn
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This artist's concept shows NASA's Dawn spacecraft heading toward the dwarf planet Ceres. When Dawn arrives, it will be the first spacecraft to go into orbit around two destinations in our solar system beyond Earth.
PIA17650:
On the Way to Ceres (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-03 Ceres Dawn
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft will be getting an up-close look at the dwarf planet Ceres starting in late March or the beginning of April 2015. This graphic shows the science-gathering orbits planned for the spacecraft.
PIA17479:
Closing in on Ceres
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-11-25 Comet MESSENGER
MDIS - Wide Angle
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A Tale of Two Comets: Encke
PIA17741:
A Tale of Two Comets: Encke
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-11-25 Comet MESSENGER
MDIS - Wide Angle
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A Tale of Two Comets: ISON
PIA17740:
A Tale of Two Comets: ISON
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-11-14 Comet MESSENGER
MDIS - Wide Angle
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MESSENGER's First Images of Comets Encke and ISON
PIA17693:
MESSENGER's First Images of Comets Encke and ISON
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-11-06 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This image from NASA's Dawn mission shows a crater in the northern hemisphere of the giant asteroid Vesta called Bellicia.
PIA17478:
Bellicia Crater, in Visible Light
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-11-06 Vesta Dawn
Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIR)
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In this contrast-enhanced infrared image of Bellicia Crater on the giant asteroid Vesta, scientists from NASA's Dawn mission can see signs of the mineral olivine. Olivine was not expected to be found at Bellicia.
PIA17477:
Contrast-Enhanced Image of Bellicia Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-11-06 Vesta Dawn
Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIR)
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This image shows infrared views of two craters,Bellicia (left) and Arruntia (right), at the giant asteroid Vesta that NASA's Dawn mission has found to sport the mineral olivine.
PIA17476:
Two Craters with Olivine
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-11-06 Vesta Dawn
Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIR)
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This colorized map from NASA's Dawn mission shows the types of rocks and minerals distributed around the surface of the giant asteroid Vesta.
PIA17475:
Map of Rock Properties at Giant Asteroid Vesta
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-10-09 Comet Hubble Space Telescope
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This image from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope of the sunward plunging comet ISON suggests that the comet is intact despite some predictions that the fragile icy nucleus might disintegrate as the sun warms it.
PIA18153:
NASA's Hubble Sees Comet ISON Intact
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-27 Vesta Hubble Space Telescope
Wide Field Planetary Camera 2
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This is a NASA Hubble Space Telescope series of 24 images showing the full 5.34-hour rotation of the 325-mile diameter (525 kilometer) asteroid Vesta.
PIA17467:
Asteroid or Mini-Planet? Hubble Maps the Ancient Surface of Vesta
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-27 Vesta Dawn
Hubble Space Telescope
Framing Camera
Hubble Space Telescope
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These two images compare topographic maps of the giant asteroid Vesta as discerned by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope (top) and as seen by NASA's Dawn spacecraft (bottom). Hubble has been in an orbit around Earth, while Dawn orbited Vesta from 2011 to 2012.
PIA17466:
Comparing Vesta's Topography
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-27 Vesta Dawn
Hubble Space Telescope
Framing Camera
Hubble Space Telescope
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These two maps of the giant asteroid Vesta show patterns of brightness from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope (top) and NASA's Dawn spacecraft (bottom). Hubble's view is from an orbit around Earth. Dawn went into orbit around Vesta from 2011 to 2012.
PIA17465:
Two Views of Vesta Bright and Dark
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-13 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This atlas of the giant asteroid Vesta was created from images taken as NASA's Dawn mission flew around the object, also known as a protoplanet.
PIA17480:
Touring the Giant Asteroid Vesta
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-10 Comet Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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With the help of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered that what was thought to be a large asteroid called Don Quixote is in fact a comet.
PIA17443:
Spitzer Spies a Comet Coma and Tail
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-08-21 Asteroid Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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NASA's NEOWISE, snapped this infrared picture of near-Earth object 1998 KN3 as it zips past a cloud of dense gas and dust near the Orion nebula.
PIA17255:
Asteroid Zips By Orion
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-08-15 Asteroid Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Goldstone Solar System Radar
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This collage of radar images of near-Earth asteroid 2005 WK4 was collected by NASA scientists using the 230-foot (70-meter) Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, Calif., on Aug. 8, 2013.
PIA17406:
Asteroid 2005 WK4
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-08-02 Asteroid 3254x2613x3
This graphic shows the orbits of all the known Potentially Hazardous Asteroids (PHAs), numbering over 1,400 as of early 2013.
PIA17041:
Orbits of Potentially Hazardous Asteroids (PHAs)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-07-08 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This color-coded topography map from NASA's Dawn mission shows the giant asteroid Vesta in an equirectangular projection at 32 pixels per degree, relative to an ellipsoid of 177 miles by 177 miles by 142 miles.
PIA17037:
Vesta Topography Map
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-07-02 Comet Hubble Space Telescope
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Superficially resembling a skyrocket, Comet ISON is hurtling toward the Sun at a whopping 48,000 miles per hour in this still from a Hubble animation.
PIA17483:
Comet ISON Brings Holiday Fireworks Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-06-06 Asteroid Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Goldstone Solar System Radar
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This radar imagery of asteroid 1998 QE2 and its moon was generated from data collected by NASA's 230-foot-wide (70-meter) Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, Calif., on June 1, 2013.
PIA17235:
Radar Movies Highlight Asteroid 1998 QE2 and Its Moon Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-25 Vesta Dawn
Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO)
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Studying meteorites from the asteroid Vesta helps scientists understand the event known as the 'lunar cataclysm,' when a repositioning of the gas giant planets destabilized a portion of the asteroid belt and triggered a solar-system-wide bombardment.
PIA16841:
A Shared Bombardment History
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-18 Asteroid Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Goldstone Solar System Radar
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This sequence of radar images of asteroid 2013 ET was obtained on Mar. 10, 2013, by NASA scientists using the 230-foot (70-meter) DSN antenna at Goldstone, CA, when the asteroid was about 693,000 mi (1.1 million km) from Earth.
PIA16895:
Goldstone Radar Images of Asteroid 2013 ET
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-15 Asteroid Astronomical Observatory of Mallorca
La Sagra Sky Survey
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This set of images from the La Sagra Sky Survey, operated by the Astronomical Observatory of Mallorca in Spain, shows the passage of asteroid 2012 DA14 shortly after its closest, and safe, approach to Earth.
PIA16738:
Outbound Near-Earth Asteroid, as Seen from Spain Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-15 Asteroid Siding Spring Observatory
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An animated set of images, from the telescope known as the iTelescope.net Siding Spring Observatory, shows asteroid 2012 DA14 as the streak moving from top to bottom in the field of view. The animation is available in the Planetary Photojournal.
PIA16737:
Asteroid 2012 DA14 as Seen from Siding Spring, Australia Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-15 Asteroid Gingin Observatory
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This frame from a movie shows the asteroid 2012 DA14 flying safely by Earth, as seen by the Gingin Observatory in Australia around the time of its closest approach, 11:24:42 a.m. PST (2:24:42 p. The animation is available in the Planetary Photojournal.
PIA16736:
Gingin Observatory Spots Near-Earth Asteroid at Closest Approach Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-15 Asteroid Samford Valley Observatory
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This frame from a movie from the Samford Valley Observatory in Brisbane, Australia, shows the progress of asteroid 2012 DA14 across the night sky as it nears its closest approach. It was taken at 12:59 UTC on Feb. 15 (7:59 a.m. EST, or 4:59 a.m. PST).
PIA16735:
Approach of Asteroid 2012 DA14 from Samford Valley Observatory Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-02-05 Comet Deep Impact
Medium Resolution Instrument (MRI)
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This frame from an animation series of images of comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) was taken by the Medium-Resolution Imager of NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft over a 36-hour period on Jan. 17 and 18, 2013.
PIA16748:
NASA'S Deep Impact Spacecraft Images Comet ISON Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-03 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This map shows the distribution of dark materials throughout the southern hemisphere of the giant asteroid Vesta. The circles, diamonds, and stars show where the dark material appears in craters, spots and topographic highs.
PIA16632:
Distribution of Vesta's Dark Materials, Southern View
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-03 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This composite-color view from NASA's Dawn mission shows Cornelia Crater, streaked with dark materials, on the giant asteroid Vesta. You need 3D glasses to view this image.
PIA16631:
3-D View of Dark-Stained Cornelia
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-03 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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These mosaic images from NASA's Dawn mission show how dark, carbon-rich materials tend to speckle the rims of smaller craters or their immediate surroundings on the giant asteroid Vesta; Numisia Crater is shown at left.
PIA16630:
Dark Crater Rims
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-14 Asteroid Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Goldstone Solar System Radar
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This image of asteroid Toutatis was generated with data collected using NASA's Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, Calif., on Dec. 12 and 13, 2012 and indicates that it is an elongated, irregularly shaped object with ridges and perhaps craters.
PIA16599:
Tumbling Asteroid Toutatis Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-06 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This image shows examples of straighter, shorter, wider gullies that scientists on NASA's Dawn mission have found on the giant asteroid Vesta. The crater shown here is called Fonteia.
PIA16491:
Straight Gullies in Fonteia
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-06 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This image shows a close-up of long, narrow, sinuous gullies that scientists on NASA's Dawn mission have found on the giant asteroid Vesta. The crater shown here is called Cornelia.
PIA16490:
Sinuous Gullies, Close-up
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-06 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This image shows a close-up of long, narrow, sinuous gullies that scientists on NASA's Dawn mission have found on the giant asteroid Vesta. The crater shown here is called Cornelia.
PIA16489:
Sinuous Gullies in Cornelia Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-11-26 Asteroid Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Goldstone Solar System Radar
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Images of asteroid 2007 PA8 have been generated with data collected by NASA's Goldstone Solar System Radar. The images of 2007 PA8 reveal possible craters, boulders, an irregular, asymmetric shape, and very slow rotation.
PIA16474:
Nine Radar Images of Asteroid PA8
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-11-06 Asteroid Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Goldstone Solar System Radar
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This composite image of asteroid 2007 PA8 was obtained using data taken by NASA's 230-foot-wide (70-meter) Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, Calif.
PIA16296:
NASA Radar Images Asteroid 2007 PA8
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-31 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows a close up of part of the rim around the crater Canuleia on the giant asteroid Vesta. Canuleia, about 6 miles (10 kilometers) in diameter, is the large crater at the bottom-left of this image.
PIA16176:
Canuleia, Up Close
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-31 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft features the distinctive crater Canuleia on the giant asteroid Vesta. Canuleia, about 6 miles (10 kilometers) in diameter, is distinguished by the rays of bright material that streak out from it.
PIA16175:
Fresh and Bright Canuleia
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-26 Vesta Dawn
VIR
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This map from NASA's Dawn mission indicates the presence of hydrated minerals on the giant asteroid Vesta about 30 degrees north latitude, in August 2011. At the time, it was winter in Vesta's northern hemisphere.
PIA16186:
Map of Hydrated Minerals on Vesta
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-20 Vesta Dawn
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
Framing Camera
HiRISE
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A distinctive 'pitted terrain' observed by NASA's Dawn mission on asteroid Vesta has also been seen on Mars. The morphologies of pits are similar on both bodies, with irregular shapes and sharp angles where pits share walls.
PIA16185:
Pitted Terrain on Mars and Vesta
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Framing Camera
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These enhanced-color views from NASA's Dawn mission show an unusual 'pitted terrain' on the floors of the craters named Marcia (left) and Cornelia (right) on the giant asteroid Vesta.
PIA16184:
Pitted Terrain in Color
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-20 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This perspective view of Cornelia crater on the giant asteroid Vesta shows an example of 'pitted terrain,' an unexpected discovery in data returned by NASA's Dawn mission.
PIA16183:
Cornelia is the Pits
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-20 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This perspective view of Marcia crater on the giant asteroid Vesta shows the most spectacularly preserved example of 'pitted terrain,' an unexpected discovery in data returned by NASA's Dawn mission.
PIA16182:
Most Spectacularly Preserved Pitted Terrain on Vesta
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-20 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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Hydrogen is most abundant in areas with low reflectivity, or albedo, on the giant asteroid Vesta, as shown in this contour map from NASA's Dawn mission.
PIA16181:
Contour Map of Hydrogen on Vesta
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Framing Camera
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This map from NASA's Dawn mission shows the global distribution of hydrogen on the surface of the giant asteroid Vesta.
PIA16180:
Hydrogen Map of Vesta
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-20 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This image shows that NASA's Dawn mission detected abundances of hydrogen in a wide swath around the equator of the giant asteroid Vesta. The hydrogen probably exists in the form of hydroxyl or water bound to minerals in Vesta's surface.
PIA15679:
Hydrogen Hotspots on Vesta Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-11 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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As NASA's Dawn spacecraft takes off for its next destination, this mosaic synthesizes some of the best views the spacecraft had of the giant asteroid Vesta. The set of three craters known as the 'snowman' can be seen at the top left.
PIA15678:
Full View of Vesta
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-11 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This image from NASA's Dawn mission shows the topography of the northern and southern hemispheres of the giant asteroid Vesta, updated with pictures obtained during Dawn's last look back.
PIA15677:
Shape of Vesta
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-10 Vesta Dawn
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This image from NASA's Dawn mission shows a shadowy view of the northern hemisphere of the giant asteroid Vesta during Dawn's last look back.
PIA16116:
Best Northern View of Vesta
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This image from NASA's Dawn mission reveals the creeping dawn over the north pole of the giant asteroid Vesta now that sunlight is shining over that area. The mosaic shows two large impact craters.
PIA16115:
Dawn over the North
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-06 Vesta Dawn
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These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft are located in asteroid Vesta's Floronia quadrangle, in Vesta's northern hemisphere; distinct sinuous grooves are visible around the rim of the crater.
PIA15874:
HAMO and LAMO Images of Floronia Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-05 Vesta Dawn
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The shadowy outlines of the terrain in Vesta's northern region are visible in this image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft. The image comes from the last sequence of images Dawn obtained of the giant asteroid Vesta as it departed the giant asteroid.
PIA15676:
Shadows of the North
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-05 Vesta Dawn
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This image is from the last sequence of images NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained of the giant asteroid Vesta, looking down at Vesta's north pole as it was departing. Dawn escaped from Vesta's orbit on Sept. 4, 2012 PDT (Sept. 5, 2012 CET).
PIA15675:
A Last Look Back at Vesta
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-05 Vesta Dawn
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These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft are located in asteroid Vesta's Numisia quadrangle, southern hemisphere; layers can be seen slumping towards the crater's center and there is slightly brighter material overlying slightly less bright material.
PIA15873:
HAMO and LAMO Images of Cornelia Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-04 Vesta Dawn
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These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft are located in asteroid Vesta's Oppia quadrangle, just south of Vesta's equator; Claudia was chosen to anchor the coordinate system for Vesta used in the scientific investigations of the Dawn team.
PIA15872:
HAMO and LAMO Images of Claudia Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-31 Vesta Dawn
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These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft are located in asteroid Vesta's Numisia quadrangle, just south of Vesta's equator; there is a large slump of material covering the top rim of Teia crater, which makes it appear degraded.
PIA15871:
HAMO and LAMO Images of Teia Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-30 Vesta Dawn
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These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft are located in asteroid Vesta's Urbinia quadrangle, in Vesta's southern hemisphere; many small boulders are visible on the right side of Sossia crater.
PIA15870:
HAMO and LAMO Images of Sossia Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-29 Vesta Dawn
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These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft are located in asteroid Vesta's Floronia quadrangle, in Vesta's northern hemisphere; small boulders visible inside of Scantia crater.
PIA15869:
HAMO and LAMO Images of Scantia Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-28 Vesta Dawn
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These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft are located in asteroid Vesta's Gegania quadrangle, a little south of Vesta's equator; boulders can be seen on the bottom side of the crater.
PIA15868:
HAMO and LAMO Images of Rubria Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-27 Vesta Dawn
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These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft are located in asteroid Vesta's Lucaria Tholus quadrangle, in Vesta's northern hemisphere; the fine-scale of streaks of bright and dark material can be seen originating from the rim of Publicia crater.
PIA15867:
HAMO and LAMO Images of Publicia Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-24 Vesta Dawn
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These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft are located in asteroid Vesta's Marcia quadrangle, a few degrees below Vesta's equator. Octavia Crater looks remarkably like a terrestrial landslide.
PIA15866:
HAMO and LAMO Images of Octavia Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-23 Vesta Dawn
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These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft are located in asteroid Vesta's Gegania quadrangle, in Vesta's southern hemisphere; tiny craters and streaks developed from material can be seen slumping towards the center of the crater.
PIA15865:
HAMO and LAMO Images of Occia Crater
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft are located in asteroid Vesta's Floronia quadrangle, in Vesta's northern hemisphere. There are also many hummocky slumps of material around the crater's walls and base.
PIA16050:
Licinia Crater
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These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft are located in asteroid Vesta's Floronia quadrangle, in Vesta's northern hemisphere. There are fine-scale streaks of dark and bright material originating from just underneath Licinia's scalloped rim.
PIA16049:
HAMO and LAMO Images of Licinia Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-20 Vesta Dawn
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These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft are located in asteroid Vesta's Sextilia quadrangle, in Vesta's southern hemisphere. The dark rays of the small crater to the bottom right of Laelia are particularly spectacular in the right image.
PIA16048:
HAMO and LAMO Images of Laelia Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-17 Vesta Dawn
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These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft are located in asteroid Vesta's Urbinia quadrangle, in Vesta's southern hemisphere. The mottled appearance of the slump and small gullies around the fresh rim of the crater.
PIA16047:
HAMO and LAMO Images of Justina Crater
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These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft are located in asteroid Vesta's Numisia quadrangle, in Vesta's northern hemisphere. The bottom part of the rim of Fabia crater is much fresher than the top part of the rim.
PIA16046:
HAMO and LAMO Images of Fabia Crater
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These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft are located in asteroid Vesta's Numisia quadrangle, in Vesta's southern hemisphere. fine-scale structure of the slumping-related features on Drusilla's sloping sides.
PIA16045:
HAMO and LAMO Images of Drusilla Crater
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These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft are located in asteroid Vesta's Pinaria quadrangle, in Vesta's southern hemisphere.
PIA16044:
HAMO and LAMO Images of Aquilia Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-13 Vesta Dawn
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These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft are located in asteroid Vesta's Lucaria Tholus quadrangle, in Vesta's southern hemisphere.
PIA15906:
HAMO and LAMO Images of Aelia Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-10 Vesta Dawn
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These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft are located in asteroid Vesta's Bellicia quadrangle, in Vesta's northern hemisphere.
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HAMO and LAMO Images of Arruntia Crater
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These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft are located in asteroid Vesta's Tuccia quadrangle, in Vesta's southern hemisphere.
PIA15904:
HAMO and LAMO Images of Antonia Crater
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These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft are located in Urbinia quadrangle, in Vesta's southern hemisphere.
PIA15903:
HAMO and LAMO Images of Canuleia Crater
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These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft are located in Tuccia quadrangle, in Vesta's southern hemisphere.
PIA15902:
HAMO and LAMO Images of Eusebia Crater
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These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft are located in Vesta's Numisia quadrangle, in Vesta's northern hemisphere.
PIA15901:
Fabia Crater, Apparent Brightness and Topography Images
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows Fabia crater, located in asteroid Vesta's Numisia quadrangle, in Vesta's northern hemisphere.
PIA15900:
Fabia Crater
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These apparent brightness and topography images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft are located in asteroid Vesta's Bellicia quadrangle, in Vesta's northern hemisphere.
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Arruntia Crater, Apparent Brightness and Topography Image
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows Arruntia crater, located in asteroid Vesta's Bellicia quadrangle, in Vesta's northern hemisphere.
PIA15898:
Arruntia Crater
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These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft, located in asteroid Vesta'sFloronia quadrangle, in Vesta's northern hemisphere, demonstrate a special analytical technique, which results in shadowed areas of Vesta's surface becoming illuminated.
PIA15896:
Revealing Shadows 7
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-07-30 Vesta Dawn
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These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft, located in asteroid Vesta's Caparronia quadrangle, in Vesta's northern hemisphere, demonstrate a special analytical technique, which results in shadowed areas of Vesta's surface becoming illuminated.
PIA15895:
Revealing Shadows 6
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-07-27 Vesta Dawn
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These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft, located in asteroid Vesta's Floronia quadrangle, in Vesta's northern hemisphere, demonstrate a special analytical technique, which results in shadowed areas of Vesta's surface becoming illuminated.
PIA15894:
Revealing Shadows 5
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