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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-07-08 Vesta Dawn
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This color-coded topography map from NASA's Dawn mission shows the giant asteroid Vesta in an equirectangular projection at 32 pixels per degree, relative to an ellipsoid of 177 miles by 177 miles by 142 miles.
PIA17037:
Vesta Topography Map
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-05-09 Tempel 1 Deep Impact
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This artist's concept gives us a look at the moment of impact and the forming of the crater.
PIA07923:
Artist's Concept of Deep Impact's Encounter with Comet Tempel 1
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-01-24 Asteroid NEOWISE
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The six red dots in this composite picture indicate the location of the first new near-Earth asteroid, called 2013 YP139, as seen by NASA's NEOWISE.
PIA17832:
Asteroid Tracks Among the Stars
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-05-10 Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 Spitzer Space Telescope
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This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the broken Comet 73P/Schwassman-Wachmann 3 skimming along a trail of debris left during its multiple trips around the sun.
PIA08452:
A Million Comet Pieces
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-28 Vesta Dawn
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This image of Aricia AV-L-11, from the atlas of the giant asteroid Vesta, was created from images taken as NASA's Dawn mission flew around the object, also known as a protoplanet.
PIA19515:
Aricia AV-L-11
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-28 Vesta Dawn
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This image of Marcia AV-L-12, from the atlas of the giant asteroid Vesta, was created from images taken as NASA's Dawn mission flew around the object, also known as a protoplanet.
PIA19516:
Marcia AV-L-12
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-28 Vesta Dawn
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This image of Octavia AV-L-19, from the atlas of the giant asteroid Vesta, was created from images taken as NASA's Dawn mission flew around the object, also known as a protoplanet.
PIA19523:
Octavia AV-L-19
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-28 Vesta Dawn
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This image of Eutropia AV-L-10, from the atlas of the giant asteroid Vesta, was created from images taken as NASA's Dawn mission flew around the object, also known as a protoplanet.
PIA19514:
Eutropia AV-L-10
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-28 Vesta Dawn
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This image of Fabia AV-L-13, from the atlas of the giant asteroid Vesta, was created from images taken as NASA's Dawn mission flew around the object, also known as a protoplanet.
PIA19517:
Fabia AV-L-13
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-28 Vesta Dawn
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This image of Lepida AV-L-14, from the atlas of the giant asteroid Vesta, was created from images taken as NASA's Dawn mission flew around the object, also known as a protoplanet.
PIA19518:
Lepida AV-L-14
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-28 Vesta Dawn
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This image of Serena AV-L-18, from the atlas of the giant asteroid Vesta, was created from images taken as NASA's Dawn mission flew around the object, also known as a protoplanet.
PIA19522:
Serena AV-L-18
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-28 Vesta Dawn
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This image of Gegania AV-L-09, from the atlas of the giant asteroid Vesta, was created from images taken as NASA's Dawn mission flew around the object, also known as a protoplanet.
PIA19513:
Gegania AV-L-09
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-28 Vesta Dawn
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This image of Paulina AV-L-15, from the atlas of the giant asteroid Vesta, was created from images taken as NASA's Dawn mission flew around the object, also known as a protoplanet.
PIA19519:
Paulina AV-L-15
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-20 Vesta Dawn
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This map from NASA's Dawn mission shows the global distribution of hydrogen on the surface of the giant asteroid Vesta.
PIA16180:
Hydrogen Map of Vesta
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-20 Vesta Dawn
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Hydrogen is most abundant in areas with low reflectivity, or albedo, on the giant asteroid Vesta, as shown in this contour map from NASA's Dawn mission.
PIA16181:
Contour Map of Hydrogen on Vesta
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-19 Vesta Dawn
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These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft show the Domitia crater in Vesta's northern hemisphere and the topography of the surrounding region, which includes the 'Snowman' craters.
PIA15084:
Topography and Albedo Image of Domitia Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-06-29 Vesta Dawn
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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 2011-12-06 Vesta Dawn
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These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft show Claudia crater (marked by an arrow) and its surroundings. Claudia crater is the crater which is used to define 0 longitude on asteroid Vesta.
PIA15187:
Topography and Albedo Image of Claudia Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 1996-01-02 Eros NEAR
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Artist's rendering of the the Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) spacecraft's rendezvous with the asteroid Eros.
PIA18177:
NASA's NEAR Spacecraft's Rendezvous with Asteroid Eros (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-01-01 Vesta Dawn
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NASA's Dawn instrumentation poster, part of the Dawn Mission Art series.
PIA19374:
Dawn Instrumentation Poster
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Add Image to Favorite List 1996-11-27 Toutatis 4096x3072x3
Computer Generated View of Earth as seen from the Asteroid Toutatis
PIA00515:
Computer Generated View of Earth as seen from the Asteroid Toutatis
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Add Image to Favorite List 1996-11-27 Toutatis 4096x3072x3
Computer Generated View of Earth as seen from the Asteroid Toutatis
PIA00515:
Computer Generated View of Earth as seen from the Asteroid Toutatis
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Add Image to Favorite List 1996-11-27 Toutatis 4096x3072x3
Computer Generated View of Earth as seen from the Asteroid Toutatis
PIA00515:
Computer Generated View of Earth as seen from the Asteroid Toutatis
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Add Image to Favorite List 1996-11-27 Toutatis 4096x3072x3
Computer Generated View of Earth as seen from the Asteroid Toutatis
PIA00515:
Computer Generated View of Earth as seen from the Asteroid Toutatis
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-28 Vesta Dawn
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This image of Mamilia AV-L-06, from the atlas of the giant asteroid Vesta, was created from images taken as NASA's Dawn mission flew around the object, also known as a protoplanet.
PIA19510:
Mamilia AV-L-06
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-28 Vesta Dawn
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This image of Vibidia AV-L-20, from the atlas of the giant asteroid Vesta, was created from images taken as NASA's Dawn mission flew around the object, also known as a protoplanet.
PIA19524:
Vibidia AV-L-20
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-28 Vesta Dawn
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This image of Oppia AV-L-22, from the atlas of the giant asteroid Vesta, was created from images taken as NASA's Dawn mission flew around the object, also known as a protoplanet.
PIA19526:
Oppia AV-L-22
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-28 Vesta Dawn
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This image of Numisia AV-L-21, from the atlas of the giant asteroid Vesta, was created from images taken as NASA's Dawn mission flew around the object, also known as a protoplanet.
PIA19525:
Numisia AV-L-21
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-28 Vesta Dawn
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This image of Licinia AV-L-08, from the atlas of the giant asteroid Vesta, was created from images taken as NASA's Dawn mission flew around the object, also known as a protoplanet.
PIA19512:
Licinia AV-L-08
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-28 Vesta Dawn
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his image of Claudia AV-L-23, from the atlas of the giant asteroid Vesta, was created from images taken as NASA's Dawn mission flew around the object, also known as a protoplanet.
PIA19527:
Claudia AV-L-23
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-28 Vesta Dawn
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This image of Rubria AV-L-16, from the atlas of the giant asteroid Vesta, was created from images taken as NASA's Dawn mission flew around the object, also known as a protoplanet.
PIA19520:
Rubria AV-L-16
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-28 Vesta Dawn
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This image of Domna AV-L-17, from the atlas of the giant asteroid Vesta, was created from images taken as NASA's Dawn mission flew around the object, also known as a protoplanet.
PIA19521:
Domna AV-L-17
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-28 Vesta Dawn
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This image of Canuleia AV-L-28, from the atlas of the giant asteroid Vesta, was created from images taken as NASA's Dawn mission flew around the object, also known as a protoplanet.
PIA19532:
Canuleia AV-L-28
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-28 Vesta Dawn
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This image of Caparronia AV-L-04, from the atlas of the giant asteroid Vesta, was created from images taken as NASA's Dawn mission flew around the object, also known as a protoplanet.
PIA19508:
Caparronia AV-L-04
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-28 Vesta Dawn
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This image of Floronia AV-L-07, from the atlas of the giant asteroid Vesta, was created from images taken as NASA's Dawn mission flew around the object, also known as a protoplanet.
PIA19511:
Floronia AV-L-07
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-28 Vesta Dawn
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This image of Domitia AV-L-05, from the atlas of the giant asteroid Vesta, was created from images taken as NASA's Dawn mission flew around the object, also known as a protoplanet.
PIA19509:
Domitia AV-L-05
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-28 Vesta Dawn
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This image of Arruntia AV-L-03, from the atlas of the giant asteroid Vesta, was created from images taken as NASA's Dawn mission flew around the object, also known as a protoplanet.
PIA19507:
Arruntia AV-L-03
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-28 Vesta Dawn
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This image of Sextilia AV-L-26, from the atlas of the giant asteroid Vesta, was created from images taken as NASA's Dawn mission flew around the object, also known as a protoplanet.
PIA19530:
Sextilia AV-L-26
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-28 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This image of Aquilia AV-L-24, from the atlas of the giant asteroid Vesta, was created from images taken as NASA's Dawn mission flew around the object, also known as a protoplanet.
PIA19528:
Aquilia AV-L-24
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-28 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This image of Matronalia AV-L-25, from the atlas of the giant asteroid Vesta, was created from images taken as NASA's Dawn mission flew around the object, also known as a protoplanet.
PIA19529:
Matronalia AV-L-25
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-28 Vesta Dawn
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This image of Justina AV-L-29, from the atlas of the giant asteroid Vesta, was created from images taken as NASA's Dawn mission flew around the object, also known as a protoplanet.
PIA19533:
Justina AV-L-29
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-28 Vesta Dawn
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This image of Eusebia AV-L-27, from the atlas of the giant asteroid Vesta, was created from images taken as NASA's Dawn mission flew around the object, also known as a protoplanet.
PIA19531:
Eusebia AV-L-27
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-02-01 Comet Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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During its one-year mission, NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, mapped the entire sky in infrared light. Among the multitudes of astronomical bodies that have been discovered by the NEOWISE portion of the WISE mission are 20 comets.
PIA13457:
Comets WISE -- A Family Portrait
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-07-18 Vesta Dawn
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Vesta is the largest asteroid visited by a spacecraft. It is currently being observed by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, which has entered orbit around Vesta.
PIA14316:
Vesta Sizes Up
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Add Image to Favorite List 2008-10-13 Holmes Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope captured this picture of comet Holmes in March 2008, five months after the comet suddenly erupted and brightened a millionfold overnight.
PIA11228:
Anatomy of a Busted Comet
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-06-19 Asteroid Spitzer Space Telescope
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Illustrated in this artist's concept are two possible structures for asteroid 2011 MD. NASA's Spitzer infrared camera helped reveal that this asteroid consists of about two-thirds empty space.
PIA18456:
The Spacious Structure of Asteroid 2011 MD (Artist's Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-19 Asteroid NEOWISE
NEOWISE Telescope
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NASA's NEOWISE spacecraft opened its 'eyes' after more than two years of slumber to see the starry sky with the same clarity achieved during its prime mission. This image shows a patch of sky in the constellation Pisces.
PIA17811:
NEOWISE's Next Light
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-10 Vesta Dawn
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-08-02 Asteroid 3254x2613x3
This graphic shows the orbits of all the known Potentially Hazardous Asteroids (PHAs), numbering over 1,400 as of early 2013.
PIA17041:
Orbits of Potentially Hazardous Asteroids (PHAs)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-09-29 Vesta Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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Data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer has led to revisions in the estimated population of near-Earth asteroids. The most accurate survey to date has allowed new estimates of the total numbers of objects in different size categories.
PIA14734:
WISE Revises Numbers of Asteroids Near Earth
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-05 Tempel 1 EPOXI
Herschel Space Observatory
Medium Resolution Instrument (MRI)
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Using NASA's Herschel Space Observatory, astronomers have discovered that comet Hartley 2 possesses a ratio of 'heavy water' to light, or normal, water that matches what's found in Earth's oceans.
PIA14737:
Heavy and Light Just Right
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-02 Vesta Dawn
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this albedo image of asteroid Vesta with its framing camera on August 11th 2011.
PIA15011:
Topography of Vesta's South Polar Region I
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-09-16 Vesta Dawn
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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 2013-09-28 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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This image of Rheasilvia AV-L-30, from the atlas of the giant asteroid Vesta, was created from images taken as NASA's Dawn mission flew around the object, also known as a protoplanet.
PIA19534:
Rheasilvia AV-L-30
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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 chart based on data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer illustrates why infrared-sensing telescopes are more suited to finding small, dark asteroids than telescopes that detect visible light.
PIA14732:
Infrared Telescopes Spy Small, Dark Asteroids
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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 chart based on data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer illustrates how infrared is used to more accurately determine an asteroid's size; three asteroids of different sizes can look similar when viewed in visible-light.
PIA14733:
How to Tell the Size of An Asteroid
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-01-22 Vesta Dawn
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This image shows Cornelia Crater on the large asteroid Vesta. On the right is an inset image showing an example of curved gullies, indicated by the short white arrows, and a fan-shaped deposit, indicated by long white arrows.
PIA19170:
Gully and Fan-Shaped Deposit on Vesta
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-05 Vesta Dawn
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows the central area of the south polar basin. This view is rotated by approximately 90°.
PIA15014:
Topography of Vesta's South Polar Region IV
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-03 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows the central area of the south polar basin. The mountain-central complex is the roughly circular feature in the center of the image.
PIA15012:
Topography of Vesta's South Polar Region II
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-04 Vesta Dawn
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows the central area of the south polar basin. This view is rotated by approximately 60°.
PIA15013:
Topography of Vesta's South Polar Region III
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-28 Vesta Dawn
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This image of Bellecia AV-L-02, from the atlas of the giant asteroid Vesta, was created from images taken as NASA's Dawn mission flew around the object, also known as a protoplanet.
PIA19506:
Bellecia AV-L-02
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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 2011-02-10 Tempel 1 StardustNExT
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Artist concept of NASA's Stardust-NExT mission, which will fly by comet Tempel 1 on Feb. 14, 2011.
PIA13847:
Stardust-NExt (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-03-24 Annefrank Stardust
Stardust Navigation Camera
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This composite image shows the three small worlds NASA's Stardust spacecraft encountered during its 12 year mission. Stardust performed a flyby of asteroid Annefrank in 2002, Comet Wild in 2004, and Tempel 1 in 2011.
PIA13943:
Stardust's Worlds
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-01-07 Asteroid NEOWISE
NEOWISE Telescope
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The six red dots in this composite picture indicate the location of the first new near-Earth asteroid, called 2013 YP139, as seen by NASA's NEOWISE.
PIA17829:
NEOWISE's New Find
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-04 Hartley 2 EPOXI
Medium Resolution Instrument (MRI)
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This image, one of the closest taken of comet Hartley 2 by NASA's EPOXI mission, shows many features across the comet's surface. The length of the comet is equal to the distance between the Capitol building and the Washington Monument in Washington.
PIA13575:
Up Close and Personal with Hartley 2
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-11-04 Hartley 2 EPOXI
Medium Resolution Instrument (MRI)
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This enhanced image, one of the closest taken of comet Harley 2 by NASA's EPOXI mission, shows jets and where they originate from the surface. There are jets outgassing from the sunward side, the night side, and along the terminator.
PIA13574:
Jets Galore
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-06-19 Asteroid Spitzer Space Telescope
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Observations of infrared light from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope coming from asteroids provide a better estimate of their true sizes than visible-light measurements.
PIA18454:
How to Measure the Size of an Asteroid
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-03-15 Vesta Dawn
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These images are located in Vesta's Rheasilvia quadrangle, near asteroid Vesta's south pole. NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained the apparent brightness image with its framing camera on Oct. 22, 2011.
PIA15486:
Apparent Brightness and Topography Images of Severina Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-05-10 Vesta Dawn
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-06-12 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft are located in asteroid Vesta's Tuccia quadrangle, in Vesta's southern hemisphere.
PIA15796:
Apparent Brightness and Topography Images of Antonia Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-08 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft show part of asteroid Vesta's equatorial region, which contains many different sizes of impact craters.
PIA15042:
Topography of Vesta's Equatorial Region II
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Add Image to Favorite List 2007-01-01 Vesta Dawn
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Dawn mission Vesta Logo, part of NASA's Dawn Mission Art series.
PIA19372:
Dawn Mission Vesta Logo
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Add Image to Favorite List 2006-05-05 Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 Spitzer Space Telescope
MIPS
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NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows three of the many fragments making up Comet 73P/Schwassman-Wachmann 3. The picture also provides the best look yet at the crumbling comet's trail of debris.
PIA08438:
Comet Stepping Stones
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-10-15 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko Rosetta
OSIRIS
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An annotated mosaic from the Rosetta spacecraft shows 'Site J,' the primary landing site on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko for the mission's Philae lander.
PIA18827:
Rosetta's Comet Landing Site Close Up
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-10-15 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko Rosetta
OSIRIS
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An annotated mosaic from the Rosetta spacecraft shows 'Site J,' the primary landing site on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko for the mission's Philae lander.
PIA18827:
Rosetta's Comet Landing Site Close Up
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-10-15 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko Rosetta
OSIRIS
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An annotated mosaic from the Rosetta spacecraft shows 'Site J,' the primary landing site on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko for the mission's Philae lander.
PIA18827:
Rosetta's Comet Landing Site Close Up
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-25 Vesta Dawn
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These composite images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft images show the spectacular spectral diversity of asteroid Vesta's surface.
PIA14964:
Color Composite Images of Vesta
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-06 Vesta Dawn
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These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft show part of the rim of asteroid Vesta's south polar basin, which is dominated by a large scarp (cliff) that runs vertically across the center of the images.
PIA15040:
Topography of a Scarp and Hummocky Terrain
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-06-15 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.
PIA15823:
Apparent Brightness and Topography Images of Canuleia and Sossia Craters
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-26 Vesta Dawn
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These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft show part of Rheasilvia quadrangle in asteroid Vesta's southern hemisphere. The hummocky, undulating terrain surrounding the central complex feature consists of ridges and grooves.
PIA15124:
Topography and Albedo Image of Central Complex and Hummocky Terrain
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-30 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows the area surrounding the 'snowman craters' in asteroid Vesta's northern hemisphere.
PIA14977:
Topography of the 'Snowman Craters' and Surrounding Area
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-03-18 Wild 2 Stardust
Stardust Navigation Camera
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This composite image was taken by the navigation camera during the close approach phase of Stardust's Jan 2, 2004 flyby of comet Wild 2. Several large depressed regions can be seen. Comet Wild 2 is about five kilometers (3.1 miles) in diameter.
PIA05578:
Comet Wild 2 - Jet Release
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Add Image to Favorite List 2004-03-18 Wild 2 Stardust
Stardust Navigation Camera
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NASA's	Stardust Navigation Camera captured this anaglyph of the comet Wild 2. 3D glasses are necessary to view this image.
PIA05580:
Comet Wild 2 - Anaglyph
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-05 Tempel 1 EPOXI
Herschel Space Observatory
Medium Resolution Instrument (MRI)
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New measurements from NASA's Herschel Space Observatory have discovered water with the same chemical signature as our oceans in a comet called Hartley 2 (pictured at right). The image at bottom right is an artist's concept of a comet.
PIA14738:
The Same Here as There
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-10 Comet Spitzer Space Telescope
IRAC
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With the help of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered that what was thought to be a large asteroid called Don Quixote is in fact a comet.
PIA17443:
Spitzer Spies a Comet Coma and Tail
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Add Image to Favorite List 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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Add Image to Favorite List 2001-02-17 Eros NEAR Shoemaker
Multi-Spectral Imager
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NEAR Shoemaker's Path
PIA03142:
NEAR Shoemaker's Path
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-03-19 Vesta Dawn
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These images are located in asteroid Vesta's Rheasilvia quadrangle, near Vesta's south pole. These images are centered on the large Tarpeia crater.
PIA15488:
Apparent Brightness and Topography Images of Tarpeia Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2010-10-08 Vesta Dawn
Hubble Space Telescope
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NASA's Hubble Space Telescope snapped these images of the asteroid Vesta in preparation for the Dawn spacecraft's visit in 2011. The images show the difference in brightness and color on the asteroid's surface.
PIA13428:
The Faces of Vesta
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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.
PIA15843:
Apparent Brightness and Topography Images of Publicia Crater
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Framing Camera
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These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft are located in asteroid Vesta's Tuccia quadrangle, in Vesta's southern hemisphere.
PIA15827:
Apparent Brightness and Topography Images of Tuccia and Eusebia Craters
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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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These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft are located in asteroid Vesta's Sextilia quadrangle, in Vesta's southern hemisphere.
PIA15833:
Apparent Brightness and Topography Images of Laelia Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-06-02 Tempel 1 Deep Impact
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Space Eyes See Comet Tempel 1 (Artist's Concept)
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Space Eyes See Comet Tempel 1 (Artist's Concept) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-03 Vesta Dawn
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This map shows the distribution of dark materials throughout the southern hemisphere of the giant asteroid Vesta. The circles, diamonds, and stars show where the dark material appears in craters, spots and topographic highs.
PIA16632:
Distribution of Vesta's Dark Materials, Southern View
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-01-19 Vesta Dawn
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These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft show Sextilia crater on asteroid Vesta.
PIA15318:
Topography and Albedo Image of Sextilia Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2005-11-28 Tempel 1 Deep Impact
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NASA's Deep Impact's Tempel 1 Mission Update. Images of impact taken with the medium resolution imager. The blue dotted line is the position of the spectrometer's slit.
PIA02144:
Tempel 1 Mission Update
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-06-19 Asteroid Spitzer Space Telescope
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Observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, taken in infrared light, have helped to reveal that a small asteroid called 2011 MD is made-up of two-thirds empty space.
PIA18455:
Solid as a Rock? Porosity of Asteroids
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