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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-04-26 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft of asteroid Vesta shows Drusilla crater, which is the irregularly shaped crater offset from the center of the image.
PIA15593:
Drusilla Crater
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft of asteroid Vesta shows Eusebia crater, which is the large crater in the top right of the image.
PIA15594:
Eusebia Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-04-30 Vesta Dawn
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-01 Vesta Dawn
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-02 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-03 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-04 Vesta Dawn
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-15 Tempel 1 StardustNExT
Stardust Navigation Camera
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NASA's Stardust-NExT mission transmitted the first image it took during its approach to comet Tempel 1 at 8:35 p.m. PST (11:35 p.m. EST) on Feb. 14, 2011.
PIA13853:
Comet Tempel 1 as Seen by NASA's Stardust
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-07 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-08 Vesta Dawn
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-09 Vesta Dawn
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-10 Vesta Dawn
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-11 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft of asteroid Vesta shows Octavia crater, located in Vesta's Marcia quadrangle, just south of Vesta's equator. Octavia's rim is fresher on the right side and more degraded on the left side.
PIA15649:
Octavia Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-14 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft of asteroid Vesta shows Rubria crater, with dark and bright material, offset from the center of the image. Rubria crater is located in Vesta's Gegania quadrangle, just south of Vesta's equator.
PIA15650:
Rubria Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-15 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft of asteroid Vesta shows Scantia crater, located in Vesta's Floronia quadrangle, in Vesta's northern hemisphere.
PIA15651:
Scantia Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-16 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft of asteroid Vesta shows Serena crater, located in the Sextilia quadrangle, southern hemisphere. A mound of material is seen in the center of the crater and many small craters scattered over Serena crater.
PIA15652:
Serena Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-17 Vesta Dawn
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft of asteroid Vesta shows Urbinia and Sossia craters, located in Vesta's Urbinia quadrangle. Urbinia is the large crater, and Sossia is the small crater surrounded by dark material in the bottom of the image.
PIA15764:
Urbinia and Sossia Craters
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-18 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft of asteroid Vesta shows Sossia crater, which is the crater partially surrounded by dark material. Sossia crater has a reasonably fresh rim and patches of dark material cropping out around part of this rim.
PIA15765:
Sossia Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-21 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft of asteroid Vesta shows Sossia and Canuleia craters. Sossia is surrounded by dark material in the bottom left of the image and Canuleia is the larger crater surrounded by bright material at bottom right.
PIA15768:
Sossia and Canuleia Craters
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-22 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft of asteroid Vesta shows Teia crater, which is the crater with bright and dark material. There is mostly bright material in Teia crater but there is also a patch of dark material on one side.
PIA15769:
Teia Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-25 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft of asteroid Vesta shows the characteristic undulating surface of Vesta's southern hemisphere and many small craters, some of which make up secondary crater chains.
PIA15772:
Undulating Surface and Secondary Crater Chains
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-28 Vesta Dawn
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft of asteroid Vesta shows a part of the surface in Vesta's northern hemisphere, which is scoured by many grooves with different orientations.
PIA15773:
Grooved Surface
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-29 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft of asteroid Vesta shows many secondary crater chains on Vesta's surface. This image is located in Vesta's Domitia quadrangle, in Vesta's northern hemisphere.
PIA15774:
Secondary Crater Chains
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-30 Vesta Dawn
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-31 Vesta Dawn
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft of asteroid Vesta shows chains of craters on an undulating surface probably formed of fine-grained debris, called regolith, which was ejected from large impact craters as they formed nearby.
PIA15787:
Crater Chains on Regolith
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-06-04 Vesta Dawn
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft is located in asteroid Vesta's Caparronia quadrangle.
PIA15789:
Subdued and Fresh Craters
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-06-05 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows an escarpment located in asteroid Vesta's near Rheasilvia quadrangle, near Vesta's south pole.
PIA15790:
Escarpment on Vesta
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-06-07 Vesta Dawn
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows a part of the heavily cratered terrain in asteroid Vesta's northern hemisphere. Some of the craters have fresh, sharp rims, which suggests that they are reasonably young.
PIA15793:
Cratered Terrain
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-06-08 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows linear grooves and ridges in Vesta's regolith, located in Vesta's Tuccia quadrangle, in asteroid Vesta's southern hemisphere.
PIA15794:
Patterns in Vesta's Regolith
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-06-11 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows a very shadowed region in Vesta's northern hemisphere. Roughly the upper one third of asteroid Vesta's northern hemisphere is currently in shadow.
PIA15795:
A Part of Vesta's Shadowed Northern Hemisphere
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-06-14 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows a part of asteroid Vesta's surface that is covered by heavily cratered regolith. Regolith is the fine-grained material that covers most of Vesta's surface.
PIA15822:
Surface Covered with Regolith and Craters
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-06-18 Vesta Dawn
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows many craters of different sizes and states of preservation on asteroid Vesta's surface. In the top of the image there are four large, very degraded craters.
PIA15824:
Cratered Surface of Vesta
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-07-19 Vesta Dawn
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft is located in Lucaria Tholus quadrangle, in Vesta's northern hemisphere. Around Publicia's rim are many alternating streaks of bright and dark material tumbling down towards its center.
PIA15888:
Publicia Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-07-20 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft is located in Marcia quadrangle, just south of Vesta's equator. It has a scalloped shaped rim and the top part of the rim is more degraded than the rest.
PIA15889:
Octavia Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-01 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-03 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-22 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-05 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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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
Framing Camera
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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 2011-02-18 Tempel 1 StardustNExT
Stardust Navigation Camera
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This pair of images shows the before-and-after comparison of the part of comet Tempel 1 that was hit by the impactor from NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft.
PIA13873:
Tempel 1 Impact Site (unannotated)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2002-10-08 Borrelly Deep Space 1 (DS1)
Miniature Integrated Camera Spectrometer
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A composite of images from NASA's Deep Space 1 spacecraft shows features of comet Borrelly's nucleus, dust jets escaping the nucleus and the cloud-like 'coma' of dust and gases surrounding the nucleus.
PIA03865:
Composite of Comet Borrelly's Nucleus, Jets, Coma
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-08-24 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this false-color image (right) of an impact crater in asteroid Vesta's equatorial region with its framing camera on July 25, 2011. The view on the left is from the camera's clear filter.
PIA14680:
False-Color Image of an Impact Crater on Vesta
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Add Image to Favorite List 1998-08-03 Hale-Bopp Hubble Space Telescope
Wide Field Planetary Camera 2
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Hubble Sees Material Ejected From Comet Hale-Bopp
PIA01291:
Hubble Sees Material Ejected From Comet Hale-Bopp
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-04 Hartley 2 EPOXI
High Resolution Instrument (HRI)
Medium Resolution Instrument (MRI)
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Evidence for a First-of-Its-Kind Comet Jet
PIA13572:
Evidence for a First-of-Its-Kind Comet Jet
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-10 Vesta Dawn
VIR
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-05 Tempel 1 Deep Impact
Autonomous Navigation System
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This image shows how NASA's Deep Impact's impactor targeted comet Tempel 1 as the spacecraft made its final approach in the early morning hours of July 4, 2005.
PIA02136:
A Cyber-Astronaut's Final Moves
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-01 Tempel 1 Deep Impact
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This image is from an animation that chronicles the travels of NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft, from its launch in January of 2005 to its dramatic impact 172 days later with comet Tempel 1.
PIA02106:
The Road to Tempel (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-26 Vesta Dawn
VIR
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This composite image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft is a simulated true color image of asteroid Vesta's northern and equatorial regions.
PIA14973:
Vesta's Northern and Equatorial Regions in Simulated True Color
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Add Image to Favorite List 2001-02-17 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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The South Saddle
PIA03114:
The South Saddle
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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 2001-02-17 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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The Subtle Colors of Eros
PIA03139:
The Subtle Colors of Eros
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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 2012-01-11 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows a surface with many craters and linear chains of small craters that merge into ridges on the giant asteroid Vesta.
PIA15296:
Unusual Crater Chains and Ridges
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-07-01 Comet 720x573x3
It Happens in a Flash
PIA02108:
It Happens in a Flash
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-29 Vesta Dawn
VIR
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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 2011-12-06 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This mosaic of three images was taken by NASA's Dawn framing camera during the high-altitude mapping orbit over the giant asteroid Vesta. The eastern rim is higher than the western rim, and the overall topography is downhill from east to west.
PIA15147:
Crater Characteristics on Asteroid Vesta
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-20 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft is centered on the Sextilia crater in asteroid Vesta's southern hemisphere. Craters on Vesta are named after Vestal virgins, priestesses of the Roman goddess Vesta.
PIA15085:
Sextilia Crater and Surroundings
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Add Image to Favorite List 1996-01-29 Gaspra Galileo
Solid-State Imaging
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This montage shows asteroid 951 Gaspra (top) compared with Deimos (lower left) and Phobos (lower right), the moons of Mars.
PIA00078:
Gaspra, Deimos, and Phobos Comparison
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Add Image to Favorite List 2001-02-17 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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Boulderado
PIA03140:
Boulderado
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-08-05 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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The Shape of Eros
PIA02955:
The Shape of Eros
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-03-18 Wild 2 Stardust
Stardust Navigation Camera
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Comet Wild 2 - Stereo Image Pair
PIA05579:
Comet Wild 2 - Stereo Image Pair
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-03-10 Vesta Dawn
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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 2004-06-17 Wild 2 Stardust
Stardust Navigation Camera
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Wild 2 Close Look
PIA06285:
Wild 2 Close Look
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-16 Tempel 1 StardustNExT
Stardust Navigation Camera
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This image mosaic shows four different views of comet Tempel 1 as seen by NASA's Stardust spacecraft as it flew by on Feb. 14, 2011. The images progress in time beginning at upper left, upper right, to lower left, then lower right.
PIA13860:
Four Views of Comet Tempel 1
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-02-11 P/2010 B2 (WISE) Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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The red smudge at the center of this image is the first comet discovered by NASA's Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE. The comet is a dusty mass of ice and parades around the sun every 4.7 years.
PIA12449:
First Comet Seen by WISE
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-06-10 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Laser Rangefinder
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Topographic Profiles from the NEAR Laser Rangefinder
PIA02486:
Topographic Profiles from the NEAR Laser Rangefinder
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Add Image to Favorite List 1998-08-02 Hyakutake Hubble Space Telescope
Wide Field Planetary Camera 2
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Comet Hyakutake C/1996 B2
PIA01288:
Comet Hyakutake C/1996 B2
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Add Image to Favorite List 2001-02-17 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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The Environs of NEAR Shoemaker's Landing Site
PIA03141:
The Environs of NEAR Shoemaker's Landing Site
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-12 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This full view of the giant asteroid Vesta was taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, as part of a rotation characterization sequence on July 24, 2011, at a distance of 3,200 miles and shows impact craters of various sizes and grooves parallel to the equator.
PIA14894:
Capturing the Surface of Asteroid Vesta
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-06-10 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Near Infrared Spectrometer
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NEAR: From Planning to Data Analysis
PIA02489:
NEAR: From Planning to Data Analysis
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Add Image to Favorite List 2001-02-17 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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A Southern Hemisphere Overview
PIA03137:
A Southern Hemisphere Overview
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-03-21 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-03-21 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-03-21 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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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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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 2011-02-18 Tempel 1 StardustNExT
Stardust Navigation Camera
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This series of images shows the area where NASA's Deep Impact probe collided with the surface of comet Tempel 1 in 2005. The view zooms in as the images progress from top left to right, and then bottom left to right.
PIA13868:
Before the Deep Impact Collision
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-14 Tempel 1 StardustNExT
Stardust Navigation Camera
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This composite image was taken by NASA's Stardust navigation camera 42 hours before its encounter with comet Tempel 1. The spacecraft is due to encounter the comet in the evening hours of Feb. 14, 2011.
PIA13851:
NASA Spacecraft Hours from Comet Encounter
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-09-16 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This is the first global map of the giant asteroid Vesta composed from images recorded by the framing camera aboard NASA's Dawn spacecraft. The equator is running parallel to the upper image border, approximately above the bright, smooth band of troughs.
PIA14703:
Map of Vesta's Equatorial Latitudes and Southern Hemisphere
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-05-16 Tempel 1 Kitt Peak National Observatory's 2.1 m Telescope
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Kitt Peak Observes Comet
PIA07881:
Kitt Peak Observes Comet
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-16 Tempel 1 StardustNExT
Stardust Navigation Camera
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This image obtained by NASA's Stardust spacecraft shows a side of the nucleus of comet Tempel 1 that has never been seen before; three terraces of different elevations are visible, with dark, banded scarps, or slopes, separating them.
PIA13861:
New Territory on Tempel 1
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-12-04 Vesta Dawn
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These images are of HED (howardite, eucrite and diogenite) meteorites are a large group of meteorites believed to originate from asteroid Vesta, a hypothesis that is consistent with current Dawn observations.
PIA15138:
Rocks from Vesta -- Part 3: Diogenites
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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 2012-06-06 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This image of asteroid Vesta is one of many images taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft to create an animation showing the diversity of minerals through color representation.
PIA15506:
Vesta's Coat of Many Colors Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 1996-01-29 Ida Galileo
Solid-State Imaging
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This color picture is made from images taken by the imaging system on NASA's Galileo spacecraft about 14 minutes before its closest approach to asteroid 243 Ida on August 28, 1993.
PIA00069:
Ida and Dactyl in Enhanced Color
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-16 Tempel 1 StardustNExT
Medium Resolution Instrument (MRI)
Stardust Navigation Camera
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This image layout depicts changes in the surface of comet Tempel 1, observed first by NASA's Deep Impact Mission in 2005 (top right) and again by NASA's Stardust-NExT mission on Feb. 14, 2011 (bottom right).
PIA13862:
Changes to Smooth Terrain (Annotated)
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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 2011-03-10 Vesta Dawn
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This anaglyph shows a 3-D model of the protoplanet Vesta, using scientists' best guess to date of what the surface of the protoplanet might look like. It was created as part of an exercise for NASA's Dawn mission. 3D glasses are necessary.
PIA13890:
Anaglyph of Vesta Model
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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 2011-12-21 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This image, one of the first obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft in its low altitude mapping orbit, shows many buried craters located within the equatorial trough region of the giant asteroid Vesta.
PIA15223:
Buried Craters on Vesta
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-09-16 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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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 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 2011-12-21 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This image, one of the first obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft in its low altitude mapping orbit, shows a part of one of the troughs at the equator of the giant asteroid Vesta.
PIA15221:
Trough in Dark and Bright on Vesta
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Add Image to Favorite List 2001-02-17 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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A Hint of Structure
PIA03109:
A Hint of Structure
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-05 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This anaglyph image shows the topography of part of Vesta's equatorial region; this uneven topography is mostly due to large, ancient, rather degraded ruin eroded craters. You need 3D glasses to view this image.
PIA14825:
Anaglyph Image of Vesta's Equatorial Region (II)
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Add Image to Favorite List 1996-02-01 Ida Galileo
Solid-State Imaging
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Asteroid Ida and Its Moon
PIA00136:
Asteroid Ida and Its Moon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-01-16 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows a rough surface covered with ejecta and fine grooves on the giant asteroid Vesta.
PIA15299:
Rough Topography in the Rheasilvia Basin
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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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