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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-09-22 Vesta Dawn
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This full-frame view of asteroid Vesta was obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft with its framing camera on July, 24 2011. This image was taken through the camera's clear filter. The image has a resolution of about 485 meters per pixel.
PIA14778:
A Full-Frame View of Vesta
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The terrain model of Vesta's southern hemisphere shows a big circular structure, its rim rising above the interior of the structure. This false-color map of the giant asteroid Vesta is from the framing camera aboard NASA's Dawn spacecraft.
PIA14711:
A False-Color Topography of Vesta's South Pole
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This false-color image obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows a crater on the giant asteroid Vesta. The reddish coloring below the crater points to material that was hurled from Vesta's interior during an impact or originated from the impactor itself.
PIA14709:
False-Color Image Shows Proof of an Impact
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-09-16 Vesta Dawn
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This image of the giant asteroid Vesta obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows numerous impact craters illustrate the asteroid's violent youth. You need 3D glasses to view this image.
PIA14707:
Vesta's Surface in 3-D: An Ancient, Cratered Surface
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In this image, obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft from above the surface of the giant asteroid Vesta, topography in the area surrounding the south pole area shows impact craters, ridges and grooves. You need 3D glasses to view this image.
PIA14706:
Vesta's Surface in 3-D: Details of Wave-Like Terrain in the South Pole
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-09-16 Vesta Dawn
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When NASA's Dawn spacecraft sent the first images of the giant asteroid Vesta to the ground, scientists were fascinated by an enormous mound inside a big circular depression at the south pole. You need 3D glasses to view this image.
PIA14705:
Vesta's Surface in 3-D: A Big Mountain at the Asteroid's South Pole
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-08-01 Vesta Dawn
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These images were obtained by the Dawn spacecraft on July 23, 2011. The bottom two images are false-color, where different colors represent visible and infrared light wavelengths.
PIA14326:
Visible and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer False-Color Image
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-06-01 Vesta Dawn
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows a part of asteroid Vesta's surface reasonably far north into the northern hemisphere which appears washed out because it has been stretched to make features visible that would otherwise be too dark to see.
PIA15788:
Vesta's Partly Shadowed Northern Regions
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this image of the giant asteroid Vesta with its framing camera on July 9, 2011. Vesta is also considered a protoplanet because it is a large body that almost became a planet.
PIA14312:
All Eyes on Vesta
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This image shows NASA's Dawn's view of Vesta from June 20, 2011, when the approaching spacecraft was about 117,000 miles (189,000 kilometers) away from the body.
PIA14122:
Dawn's Approach to Vesta Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-06-13 Vesta Dawn
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This image from the framing camera aboard NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows surface details beginning to resolve as the spacecraft closes in on the giant asteroid Vesta on June 1, 2011, from a distance of about 300,000 miles (483,000 kilometers).
PIA14121:
Vesta's Surface Comes into View Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-03-10 Vesta Dawn
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This image shows the scientists' best guess to date of what the surface of the protoplanet Vesta might look like from the south pole and incorporates the best data on dimples and bulges Vesta from ground-based telescopes and NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.
PIA13769:
Simulated Vesta from the South Pole
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This image shows NASA'S Dawn scientists' best guess to date of what the surface of the protoplanet Vesta might look like; it incorporates the best data on dimples and bulges from ground-based telescopes and NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.
PIA13768:
Virtual Vesta Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-11 Vesta Dawn
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The broad morphology of asteroid Vesta's mountain/central complex is clear in this image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft; it is a roughly circular topographic mound, which is approximately 200km in diameter and has approximately 20km of relief from its base.
PIA14891:
Anaglyph Image of the Mountain-Central Complex in Vesta's South Polar Region
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These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft show Tuccia crater, after which Tuccia quadrangle is named. Tuccia crater is located about 40 kilometers (25 miles) northward of the rim of Vesta's large south polar Rheasilvia basin.
PIA15317:
Topography and Albedo Image of Tuccia Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-06-28 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.
PIA15834:
Apparent Brightness and Topography Images of Helena and Laelia Craters
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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 2012-07-05 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. Licinia is the large, bowl shaped crater in the center with a sharp rim, which has a scalloped edge.
PIA15840:
Apparent Brightness and Topography Images of Licinia Crater
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These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft are located in asteroid Vesta's Urbinia quadrangle, in Vesta's southern hemisphere. Rays of bright material surround Canuleia crater and rays of dark material extend from the top part of Sossia crater.
PIA15837:
Apparent Brightness and Topography Images of Sossia and Canuleia Craters
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These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft are located in asteroid Vesta's Numisia quadrangle, a few degrees below Vesta's equator.
PIA15836:
Apparent Brightness and Topography Images of Scantia Crater
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These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft are located in asteroid Vesta's Numisia quadrangle, a few degrees below Vesta's equator.
PIA15835:
Apparent Brightness and Topography Images of Teia Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-02-03 Vesta Dawn
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows part of the ejecta deposit surrounding the 'snowman' craters, the largest of which has been named Marcia.
PIA15340:
Ejecta and Dark Rayed Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-29 Vesta Dawn
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft used its Visible and Infrared Imaging Spectrometer instrument to produce these three different composite images of the same region of asteroid Vesta's surface.
PIA14976:
Craters and Ejecta in Visible and Infrared Wavelengths
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-04 Vesta Dawn
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This anaglyph image shows the topography of part of Vesta's equatorial region. These craters are classed as ruin eroded craters and are most clear in the center of the image, above the troughs. You need 3D glasses to view this image.
PIA14798:
Anaglyph Image of Vesta's Equatorial Region (I)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-03 Vesta Dawn
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This anaglyph from NASA's Dawn spacecraft image shows the topography of asteroid Vesta's southeastern region. You need 3D glasses to view this image.
PIA14797:
Anaglyph Image of Vesta's Southeastern Latitudes
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-02 Vesta Dawn
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained these images with its framing camera on Aug.17 and Sept.17, 2011. The left hand image shows scarps, mostly near the bottom. The right hand image is a close up, higher resolution view of a large part of the raised mound.
PIA14796:
Two Different Resolution Images of Vesta's South Polar Region
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-01 Vesta Dawn
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows a raised mound material overlying the brighter material that makes up the floor of the south polar depression of asteroid Vesta. Many small scale craters are clear in this image.
PIA14795:
Small Scale Features at Vesta's South Pole
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-09-28 Vesta Dawn
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this image of asteroid Vesta with its framing camera on Aug. 26, 2011 at a distance of 1,700 miles (2,740 kilometers). The image has a resolution of about 260 meters per pixel.
PIA14791:
Mountains Rising Over Vesta's Equatorial Region
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-09-27 Vesta Dawn
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this 3-D image of asteroid Vesta with its framing camera on Aug. 23 and 28, 2011 at a distance of 1,700 miles (2,740 kilometers). You will need 3D glasses to view this image.
PIA14790:
3-D Image of Grooves and Wrinkles in the South Polar Region
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-09-26 Vesta Dawn
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained these images of asteroid Vesta on Aug. 28 (left) and Sept. 9, 2011. These images of the south polar region were taken at a distance of 1,700 miles (2,740 kilometers) with a resolution of about 260 and 130 meters per pixel.
PIA14789:
Closing in on the Wrinkles and Grooves at Vesta's South Pole
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this image of asteroid Vesta with its framing camera on Sept. 09, 2011. This image of the south polar region was taken at a distance of 864 miles (1,390 kilometers). The image has a resolution of about 130 meters per pixel.
PIA14788:
Groovy Terrain at Vesta's South Pole
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-09-24 Vesta Dawn
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this image of asteroid Vesta with its framing camera on Aug. 28, 2011. This image of the south polar region was taken through the camera's clear filter at a distance of 1,700 miles (2,740 kilometers).
PIA14787:
Wrinkled Terrain at Vesta's South Pole
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this false-color image of asteroid Vesta's equatorial region with its framing camera on July 25, 2011.
PIA14677:
False-Color Image of Vesta's Equatorial Region
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-03-10 Vesta Dawn
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This image incorporates the best data on dimples and bulges of the protoplanet Vesta from ground-based telescopes and NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. This model of Vesta uses scientists' best guess to date of what the surface might look like.
PIA13770:
Model of Vesta
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Three impact craters of different sizes, arranged in the shape of a snowman, make up one of the most striking features on Vesta, as seen in this view from NASA's Dawn mission.
PIA15674:
Near-True Color Image of Snowman
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This image from NASA's Dawn mission shows huge grooves on the giant asteroid Vesta that were the result of mega impacts at the south pole.
PIA15673:
Huge Troughs on Vesta
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This map, made from data obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, shows the distribution of pyroxene, an iron- and magnesium-rich mineral, in the southern hemisphere of the giant asteroid Vesta.
PIA15672:
Pyroxene Map of Vesta's South Pole
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This image from NASA's Dawn mission shows the varied minerals on the surface of the giant asteroid Vesta in false color.
PIA15671:
Colorized Infrared View of Vesta
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This image from NASA's Dawn mission shows three colorized views of the Oppia region in the southern hemisphere of the giant asteroid Vesta.
PIA15670:
Oppia Region, Three Ways
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This colorized map from NASA's Dawn mission shows the distribution of minerals across the surface of the giant asteroid Vesta. It was made from spectra -- or data collected in different wavelengths of radiation.
PIA15669:
Global Mineral Map of Vesta
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This global, colorized image of the giant asteroid Vesta from NASA's Dawn mission reveals how the minerals are distributed on the surface.
PIA15668:
Vesta in the Infrared
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Scientists with NASA's Dawn mission have created perspective views of the Rheasilvia impact basin on the giant asteroid Vesta. Rheasilvia is located in Vesta's southern hemisphere.
PIA15667:
South Pole Vistas Animation Icon
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This image mosaic from NASA's Dawn mission shows a slice of the surface of the giant asteroid Vesta. This mosaic, which covers one quarter of Vesta's surface, shows the pronounced difference between the northern and southern hemispheres.
PIA15666:
Slice of Vesta
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This topographic map from NASA's Dawn mission shows the two large impact basins in the southern hemisphere of the giant asteroid Vesta.
PIA15665:
South Polar Impacts
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This global map from NASA's Dawn mission shows the topography of the giant asteroid Vesta, with the seven most prominent impact basins highlighted.
PIA15664:
Global Topography of Vesta
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This image from NASA's Dawn mission shows a 3-D, colorized rendering of Oppia Crater near the equator of the giant asteroid Vesta. Oppia is about 21 miles (34 kilometers) across.
PIA15663:
Around Oppia Crater Animation Icon
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This image from NASA's Dawn mission shows a 3-D rendering of the craters that make up the 'snowman' feature on the giant asteroid Vesta. From left to right, the craters are named Marcia, Calpurnia, and Minucia.
PIA15662:
Views of the Snowman Animation Icon
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This image shows three slices of a class of meteorites that fell to Earth that NASA's Dawn mission has confirmed as originating from the giant asteroid Vesta.
PIA15605:
Meteorites from Vesta
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This image from NASA's Dawn mission shows topography of the giant asteroid Vesta and a map of Vesta's gravity variations.
PIA15604:
Shape and Gravity of Vesta
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This artist's concept shows the internal structure of the giant asteroid Vesta, based on data from NASA's Dawn mission; the innermost core in brown, the mantle in green and the crust in gray.
PIA15510:
Vesta's Internal Structure
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft of asteroid Vesta shows Rubria and Occia craters. Both Rubria and Occia contain dark and bright material and both have reasonably sharp, well-defined and regularly shaped rims.
PIA15647:
Rubria and Occia Craters
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft of asteroid Vesta shows Occia crater, located in Vesta's Gegania quadrangle, in Vesta's southern hemisphere. A distinctive butterfly pattern is seen consisting of two separate lobes of ejecta on the opposite sides.
PIA15648:
Occia Crater
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft of asteroid Vesta shows Lepida crater, located in Vesta's Floronia quadrangle, in Vesta's northern hemisphere.
PIA15646:
Lepida Crater
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft of asteroid Vesta shows Helena crater, which is the crater that resembles the shape of a butterfly's wings (center), and Laelia crater (bottom right).
PIA15645:
Helena and Laelia Craters
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This set of images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows topography of the southern hemisphere of the giant asteroid Vesta and a map of Vesta's gravity variations that have been adjusted to account for Vesta's shape.
PIA15603:
Shape and Gravity of Vesta's South Pole
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This frame from a video from NASA's Dawn mission shows that the gravity field of Vesta closely matches the surface topography of the giant asteroid Vesta.
PIA15602:
Vesta Shape and Gravity Animation Icon
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This colorized image from the visible and infrared mapping spectrometer onboard NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows temperature variations at Tarpeia crater, near the south pole of the giant asteroid Vesta.
PIA15601:
Tarpeia Temperature
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These images of Tarpeia crater, near the south pole of the giant asteroid Vesta, were obtained by the visible and infrared mapping spectrometer on NASA's Dawn spacecraft.
PIA15600:
Tarpeia Crater, Close, Closer, Closest
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These composite images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft show three views of a terrain with ridges and grooves near Aquilia crater in the southern hemisphere of the giant asteroid Vesta.
PIA15509:
Vibidia Crater in Color
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These composite images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft show three views of a terrain with ridges and grooves near Aquilia crater in the southern hemisphere of the giant asteroid Vesta.
PIA15508:
Aquilia Area in Color
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft of asteroid Vesta shows Laelia crater. The dark material inside of Laelia crops out from the rim and then slumps towards the crater's center.
PIA15599:
Laelia Crater
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft of asteroid Vesta shows Laelia crater and Sextilia crater, located in Vesta's Sextilia quadrangle, in Vesta's southern hemisphere.
PIA15598:
Laelia and Sextilia Craters
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft of asteroid Vesta Fabia shows Justina crater, located in Vesta's Urbinia quadrangle, in Vesta's southern hemisphere.
PIA15597:
Justina Crater
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft of asteroid Vesta's Fabia crater, roughly 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) in diameter with a large area of bright material originating from its top right rim and slumping towards its center.
PIA15596:
Fabia Crater
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft of asteroid Vesta shows Eusebia crater on the right. The smaller crater, offset from the center of the image, with a smaller crater on its rim is Tuccia crater.
PIA15595:
Tuccia and Eusebia Craters
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft of asteroid Vesta shows Aquilia crater located in Pinaria quadrangle, in Vesta's southern hemisphere. The especially degraded bottom rim was probably formed by debris slumping into the crater.
PIA15590:
Aquilia Crater
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft of asteroid Vesta shows Antonia crater. Antonia's rim has two different states of freshness: the bottom left one-third of the rim is very degraded but the other two-thirds of the rim is reasonably fresh.
PIA15589:
Antonia Crater
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft of asteroid Vesta shows a long chain of craters in the right part of the image, located in Vesta's Caparronia quadrangle, in Vesta's northern hemisphere.
PIA15786:
Chain of Craters
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft of asteroid Vesta shows Aelia crater with a larger, more degraded crater to the left. Dark and bright material crops out from Aelia's rim and slumps towards its center extending in rays outside the crater's rim.
PIA15588:
Aelia Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-04-18 Vesta Dawn
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This image of asteroid Vesta from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows an area of the surface that is both grooved and smooth, which gives it an undulating appearance. This image is located in Vesta's Numisia quadrangle, near the Vestan equator.
PIA15556:
Grooved Surface and Area of Boulders
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This image of asteroid Vesta from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows many curved ridges that are typical of Vesta's southern hemisphere. This image is located in Vesta's Sextilia quadrangle, in Vesta's southern hemisphere.
PIA15555:
Curved Surface Features
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This image of asteroid Vesta from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows part of a large crater with a relatively fresh rim located in Vesta's Numisia quadrangle, near the equator.
PIA15553:
Crater Wall with Sinuous Features
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This image of asteroid Vesta from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows a particularly smooth part of the giant asteroid's surface, likely covered in fine-grained regolith material.
PIA15552:
Smooth, Grooved Surface
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This image of asteroid Vesta from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows a relatively smooth area of Vesta's surface. This region is smooth because it is mostly covered by fine-grained debris, known as regolith.
PIA15550:
Surface Covered by Regolith and Fresh Young Impacts
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This image of asteroid Vesta from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows an old, very degraded crater that is almost completely filled with regolith. Regolith is the fine-grained material that covers most of Vesta's surface.
PIA15549:
An Old Crater Almost Completely Filled with Regolith
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This image of asteroid Vesta from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows a large crater with an irregularly shaped, reasonable sharp, fresh rim.
PIA15548:
Spots of Dark Material Surrounding an Impact Crater
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft, located in asteroid Vesta's Urbinia quadrangle in the Vestan southern hemisphere, shows a small crater with ejecta made of dark material.
PIA15547:
Dark Material in the Ejecta of a Small Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-04-04 Vesta Dawn
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows a sharp, fresh crater rim of a large crater that is only partly in the bottom right corner of this image and is located in Vesta's Numisia quadrangle, near asteroid Vesta's equator.
PIA15525:
Sharp Crater Rim
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft show a slightly curved chain of small craters in the bottom half of the image. This chain is located on the floor of asteroid Vesta's large south-polar impact structure, Rheasilvia.
PIA15524:
Curved Chain of Small Craters
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-04-02 Vesta Dawn
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These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft are located in Vesta's Sextilia quadrangle, in asteroid Vesta's southern hemisphere.
PIA15523:
Apparent Brightness and Topography Images of Helena Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-03-30 Vesta Dawn
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The left side of Helena crater on asteroid Vesta has a fresh and distinctive rim. Dark and bright material crops out of this part of the rim and slumps towards the center of the crater in this image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft.
PIA15522:
Unusual Bipolar Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-03-29 Vesta Dawn
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows many linear and curvilinear grooves running roughly diagonally across asteroid Vesta's Gegania quadrangle.
PIA15521:
Linear and Curvilinear Grooves
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows part of a large crater that has an irregularly shaped, fresh rim and is distinctive because it has many outcrops of dark and bright material originating from its rim and from the interior slope of the crater.
PIA15520:
Dark and Bright Material in a Crater Wall
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows many large subdued craters that have smaller, younger craters on top of them on asteroid Vesta. There are two large subdued craters in the center of the image, which have very degraded and rounded rims.
PIA15519:
Large Subdued and Small Fresh Craters
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows is located in asteroid Vesta's Rheasilvia quadrangle, near Vesta's south pole. Severina crater has a fresh, sharp rim and a smaller, presumably younger, crater on its rim.
PIA15518:
Lines of Craters
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A double crater, called a crater doublet, is seen in the bottom right part of this image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft of asteroid Vesta. This crater doublet was likely formed by the simultaneous impact of two fragments of a split projectile.
PIA15517:
Double Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-03-22 Vesta Dawn
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The low sun elevation in this image of NASA's Dawn spacecraft of asteroid Vesta enhances small topographic details near the rim of the large crater, part of which is visible in the bottom left of the image.
PIA15516:
Blocks of Ejected Material and Small Craters Near a Crater Rim
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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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This mosaic of the surface of asteroid Vesta was made from images obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft while the area was entirely in the sun's shadow. Light reflecting off of other areas of Vesta provides the only illumination.
PIA15499:
Northern Shadow
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows an interior wall and southern terrace of Marcia crater on Vesta. Relatively smooth material covers much of the terrace and has flowed downslope (toward the top of the image) through channels.
PIA15498:
Wall and Terrace at Marcia Crater
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This image, from NASA's Dawn spacecraft, shows rock material that has moved across the surface and flowed into a low area in the ridged floor of the Rheasilvia basin on asteroid Vesta.
PIA15497:
Flowing Material
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This image, made from data obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, shows a perspective view of a layered young crater in the Rheasilvia basin at asteroid Vesta.
PIA15496:
Perspective View of Layered Young Crater
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows a young crater on asteroid Vesta. Layering is visible in the crater walls, as are large boulders that were thrown out in the material ejected from the impact.
PIA15495:
Layered Young Crater
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This mosaic from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows dark material near a series of craters known as the 'snowman' on asteroid Vesta. That ejected material is a complex mixture of components.
PIA15492:
Dark Materials at the Snowman
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The interplay of bright and dark material at the rim of Marcia crater on Vesta is visible in this image mosaic taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft. The bright and dark material appear to be exposed from weathering.
PIA15491:
Bright and Dark at West Rim of Marcia Crater
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This image of a dark-rayed impact crater and several dark spots was obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft. The dark materials are located near an older, larger crater in the Sextilia quadrangle of asteroid Vesta's southern hemisphere.
PIA15239:
Dark-Rayed Crater and Spots
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This map is a mosaic of images obtained by NASA's Dawn's framing camera during the high-altitude mapping orbit phase. This map shows the distribution of dark materials on the surface of asteroid Vesta.
PIA15238:
Map of Dark Materials on Vesta
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows the brightest area seen on asteroid Vesta so far. It shows a crater located inside the rim of the Rheasilvia basin at the south pole of Vesta.
PIA15237:
Extremely Bright Area
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Numerous small, bright spots appear on asteroid Vesta, as seen in this image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft. This region is just north of the equator, to the west of Marcia crater.
PIA15236:
Bright Spots Near Marcia
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In this image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft, bright material extends out from the crater Canuleia on asteroid Vesta. The bright material appears to have been thrown out of the crater during the impact that created it.
PIA15235:
Bright Rays from Canuleia Crater
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