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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 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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he Kitt Peak National Observatory's 2.1-meter telescope observed comet Tempel 1 on April 11, 2005, when the comet was near its closest approach to the Earth. A pinkish dust jet is visible to the southwest, with the broader neutral gas coma surrounding it.
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 2014-11-12 Comet Rosetta
OSIRIS
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The Onboard Scientific Imaging System (OSIRIS) on the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft captured this parting shot of the mission's Philae lander after its separation from the mother ship on Nov. 12, 2014.
PIA18873:
Farewell, Philae
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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
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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 2014-12-17 Comet Rosetta
CIVA
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This graphic depicts the position of the Philae lander of the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission, and a nearby cliff photographed by the lander, in the context of topographic modeling of the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko's nucleus.
PIA19097:
Philae Lander's Setting on Comet, with Cliff-Image Inset
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-12-17 Asteroid Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Goldstone Solar System Radar
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Asteroid 1998 WT24 (left in December 2001, right on December 11, 2015) taken by NASA's the 230-foot (70-meter) DSS-14 antenna at Goldstone, California.
PIA20215:
Not Your Father's Asteroid
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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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This is the first full picture showing both asteroid 243 Ida and its newly discovered moon to be transmitted to Earth NASA's Galileo spacecraft -- the first conclusive evidence that natural satellites of asteroids exist.
PIA00136:
Asteroid Ida and Its Moon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-01-01 Vesta Dawn
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This artist's rendition shows the asteroid Vesta and is part of the Mission Art series from NASA's Dawn mission.
PIA19369:
Artist Rendition of Asteroid Vesta
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-21 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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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 2015-11-23 Comet NEOWISE
NEOWISE Telescope
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An expanded view of comet C/2006 W3 (Christensen) is shown here. NASA's WISE spacecraft observed this comet on April 20th, 2010 as it traveled through the constellation Sagittarius.
PIA20119:
Comet Christensen Has Carbon Gas
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Add Image to Favorite List 2001-02-17 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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A Road map for Eros
PIA03112:
A Road map for Eros
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-27 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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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 2007-01-01 Vesta Dawn
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This artist's lithograph features general information, significant dates, and interesting facts on the back about asteroid Vesta and dwarf planet Ceres and is part of the Mission Art series from NASA's Dawn mission.
PIA19370:
Dawn Mission to Vesta and Ceres Lithograph
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-21 Comet Rosetta
ROLIS
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A 3D image shows what it would look like to fly over the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The image was generated by data collected by ESA's Philae spacecraft during the decent to the spacecraft's initial touchdown on the comet Nov. 12, 2014.
PIA18898:
Rosetta Comet in 3-D
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-01-01 Vesta Dawn
VIR
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2013-2015 Double-sided Mission Events Calendar
PIA19368:
Dawn 2013-2015 Double-sided Mission Events Calendar
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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 part of the rim of a fresh crater on the giant asteroid Vesta. The terrain is known as the Heavily Cratered Terrain in the northern hemisphere.
PIA15222:
Crater in Shadow on Vesta
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-30 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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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 2001-02-17 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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The Ups and Downs of Eros
PIA03111:
The Ups and Downs of Eros
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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 an area within the Rheasilvia basin in the south polar area of the giant asteroid Vesta.
PIA15220:
Contrasting Deposits on Vesta
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-13 Comet Rosetta
CIVA
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The Philae lander of Europe's Rosetta mission has returned the first panoramic image from the surface of a comet. The unprocessed panorama from the lander's CIVA-P camera shows a 360-degree view around the point of final touchdown.
PIA18879:
First Panoramic View from Comet Lander
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-23 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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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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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 2012-01-17 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows a large crater with several smaller craters at the edge on the giant asteroid Vesta. Rough texture in the crater wall at far right may be the underlying bedrock.
PIA15300:
Craters Within Thick Ejecta in the Rheasilvia Basin
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-24 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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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 2011-02-18 Tempel 1 StardustNExT
Stardust Navigation Camera
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This anaglyph shows the region where NASA's Deep Impact mission sent a probe into the surface of comet Tempel 1 in 2005. 3D glasses are necessary to view this image.
PIA13872:
Deep Impact Site in 3-D
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-08-01 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This image is a mosaic of Vesta's equatorial region, composed of observations taken through the panchromatic filter on the framing camera onboard NASA's Dawn spacecraft on July 24, 2011.
PIA14318:
Mosaic Image of Vesta's Surface
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-13 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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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 2012-08-08 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-04-25 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2001-02-17 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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Eros Closest Approach Mosaic
PIA03119:
Eros Closest Approach Mosaic
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-01-01 Vesta Dawn
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Artist's rendition of NASA's Dawn spacecraft, part of the Dawn Mission Art series.
PIA19376:
Dawn Spacecraft
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-02-17 C/2007 Q3 (Siding Spring) Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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Is it a bird, or a plane? No, it's comet Siding Spring streaking across the sky, as seen by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE. An animation is available at the Photojournal.
PIA12836:
Ablaze with Infrared Light Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-10-08 Vesta Dawn
Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
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Hubble's Wide Field Camera 3 observed the potato-shaped asteroid in preparation for the visit by NASA's Dawn spacecraft in 2011. This is one frame from a movie showing the difference in brightness and color on the asteroid's surface.
PIA13427:
A New Spin on Vesta
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-04-25 Vesta Dawn
VIR
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-06-23 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This frame from a movie presents a series of animations showing NASA's Dawn spacecraft traveling to and operating at the giant asteroid Vesta.
PIA14123:
Animation of Dawn's Visit to Vesta Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-01-13 Comet NEOWISE
NEOWISE Telescope
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This frame from a movie shows the progression of NASA's NEOWISE survey in the mission's first year following its restart in December 2013. Each dot represents an asteroid or comet that the mission observed.
PIA19101:
One Year of NEOWISE Observations Mapped Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-01-13 Comet NEOWISE
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On clear nights in January 2015, comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) is visible in the Taurus region of the sky to observers using binoculars. This chart indicates where to look for it on different dates during the month.
PIA19103:
Finder Chart for Viewing Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-10 Vesta Dawn
VIR
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-10 Vesta Dawn
VIR
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-10 Vesta Dawn
Visible and Infrared Spectrometer (VIR)
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-10 Vesta Dawn
VIR
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-10 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-10 Vesta Dawn
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-10 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-10 Vesta Dawn
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-08-01 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This image shows NASA's Dawn spacecraft flying above Vesta, based on an artist's concept of the surface of the giant asteroid.
PIA14320:
Animation of Dawn Scanning and Flying Above Vesta's Surface Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-06-23 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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Scientists believe a large number of the meteorites that are found on Earth originate from the protoplanet Vesta. This image is from NASA's Dawn spacecraft.
PIA14284:
Possible Piece of Vesta
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-10 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
VIR
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This image, made from data obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, shows the mineral distribution in the southern hemisphere of the giant asteroid Vesta.
PIA15661:
Mineral Diversity at Vesta's South Pole
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-10 Vesta Dawn
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This graphic shows the global distribution of craters that hit the giant asteroid Vesta, based on data from NASA's Dawn mission. The yellow circles indicate craters of 2 miles or wider, with the size of the circles indicating the size of the crater.
PIA15660:
Crater Impacts on Vesta
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-09-29 Vesta Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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This frame from an animation illustrates asteroid-hunting results from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, taken during its one-year survey of the sky in infrared light.
PIA14735:
Changing Views of Our Solar System Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-08-01 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This image shows NASA's Dawn spacecraft leaving the giant asteroid Vesta and arriving at the dwarf planet Ceres.
PIA14319:
Animation of Dawn Leaving Vesta and Arriving at Ceres 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 2012-04-25 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 1998-08-02 Hale-Bopp Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
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Hubble Images of Comet Hale-Bopp
PIA01289:
Hubble Images of Comet Hale-Bopp
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-31 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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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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Framing Camera
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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 2014-11-17 Vesta Dawn
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This graphic shows the geologic time scale of asteroid Vesta derived from geologic mapping.
PIA18789:
Geological Time Scale of Vesta
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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 2015-08-11 Comet Rosetta
OSIRIS
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This frame from an animation shows a very strong jet from comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko captured by Rosetta's OSIRIS on July 29, 2015.
PIA19867:
Rosetta Comet In Action (Animation)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-05-15 Comet Rosetta
OSIRIS
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This still from a sequence of images shows comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko moving against the background star field.
PIA18376:
Rosetta's Comet Comes Alive 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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Framing Camera
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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 1998-08-03 Hyakutake Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
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Hubble Probes Inner Region of Comet Hyakutake
PIA01290:
Hubble Probes Inner Region of Comet Hyakutake
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Add Image to Favorite List 2001-02-17 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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A Look at Psyche
PIA03121:
A Look at Psyche
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-11-23 Asteroid NEOWISE
NEOWISE Telescope
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NASA's NEOWISE spacecraft observed the Oort cloud comet C/2006 W3 (Christensen) on April 20th, 2010, as it traveled through the constellation Sagittarius.
PIA20118:
NEOWISE View of Comet Christensen
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-09-15 Comet Rosetta
OSIRIS
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This annotated image depicts the backup landing site (Site C) chosen for ESA's Rosetta spacecraft's Philae lander.
PIA18810:
Rosetta Lander's Backup Landing Site
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-28 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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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 2012-09-20 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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Framing Camera
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This image using color data obtained by the framing camera aboard NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows asteroid Vesta's southern hemisphere in color, centered on the Rheasilvia formation.
PIA15141:
Asteroid Vesta in a 'Rainbow-Colored Palette'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-05-11 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This image shows the first, unprocessed image obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft of the giant asteroid Vesta in front of a background of stars. It was obtained by Dawn's framing camera on May 3, 2011.
PIA14117:
Dawn's First Glimpse of Vesta -- Unprocessed
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-06-19 Comet Rosetta
OSIRIS
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This image of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was taken by the Onboard Scientific Imaging System (OSIRIS) on the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft on June 4, 2014.
PIA18516:
Rosetta Closing In
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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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Framing Camera
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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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Framing Camera
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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 2011-10-18 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows a region around the asteroid Vesta's equatorial troughs with two different resolutions. More details are visible in the right-hand image such as small linear grooves running roughly parallel to the troughs.
PIA14957:
Equatorial Troughs and Dark Material III
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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 2015-11-03 Asteroid Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
Goldstone Solar System Radar
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The 230-foot (70-meter) DSS-14 antenna at Goldstone, Ca. obtained these radar images of asteroid 2015 TB145 on Oct. 31, 2015.
PIA20043:
Halloween Asteroid Rotation
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-01-01 Asteroid Dawn
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NASA's Dawn asteroid lithograph of Eros and other asteroids.
PIA19379:
Asteroid Lithograph of Eros and Other Asteroids
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