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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-08-18 Vesta Dawn
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This 3D image shows the topography of Vesta's densely cratered terrain obtained by the framing camera instrument aboard NASA's Dawn spacecraft on August 6, 2011. You need 3D glasses to view this image.
PIA14674:
Topography of Densely Cratered Deformed Terrain
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows craters in various states of degradation on the asteroid Vesta.
PIA14675:
Craters in Various States of Degradation
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This 3D image shows the topography of Vesta's three craters, informally named the
PIA14676:
Anaglyph of the 'Snowman' Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-08-21 Vesta Dawn
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this false-color image of asteroid Vesta's equatorial region with its framing camera on July 25, 2011.
PIA14677:
False-Color Image of Vesta's Equatorial Region
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this image of asteroid Vesta with its framing camera on August 11, 2011. The image has a resolution of about 260 meters per pixel.
PIA14678:
Up and Down in Vesta's Cratered Terrain
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-08-23 Vesta Dawn
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This view of the topography of asteroid Vesta's surface is composed of several images obtained with the clear filter in the framing camera on NASA's Dawn spacecraft on August 6, 2011. The image has a resolution of about 260 meters per pixel.
PIA14679:
Topography of Troughs on Vesta
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-08-24 Vesta Dawn
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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 2011-08-25 Vesta Dawn
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this image of a central mound in a large structure at the south pole of asteroid Vesta with its framing camera on August 12, 2011. This image was taken through the camera's clear filter.
PIA14681:
Central Mound at the South Pole
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-08-26 Vesta Dawn
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This view of the topography of asteroid Vesta's surface is composed of several images obtained with the framing camera on NASA's Dawn spacecraft on August 6, 2011. The image mosaic is shown superimposed on a digital terrain model.
PIA14682:
Topography of Vesta's Surface
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-08-27 Vesta Dawn
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this image of the surface of asteroid Vesta with its framing camera on August 12, 2011. This image was taken through the framing camera's clear filter. The image has a resolution of about 260 meters per pixel.
PIA14683:
Dark Hill
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-08-28 Vesta Dawn
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this image of asteroid Vesta's south polar scarp with its framing camera on August 12, 2011. The image was taken through the framing camera's clear filter. The image has a resolution of about 260 meters per pixel.
PIA14684:
South Polar Scarp
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-08-29 Vesta Dawn
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this image of the surface of asteroid Vesta with its framing camera on August 11, 2011. It was taken through the camera's clear filter. The image has a resolution of about 260 meters per pixel.
PIA14685:
Craters and Grooves
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-08-30 Vesta Dawn
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this image of the surface of asteroid Vesta with its framing camera on August 11, 2011. It was taken through the camera's clear filter. The image has a resolution of about 260 meters per pixel.
PIA14686:
Equatorial Grooves Imaged at the Limb of Vesta
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-08-31 Vesta Dawn
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this image of the surface of asteroid Vesta with its framing camera on August 11, 2011. It was taken through the camera's clear filter. The image has a resolution of about 260 meters per pixel.
PIA14687:
Bright and Dark Material on Vesta
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-09-01 Vesta Dawn
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this image of asteroid Vesta's south polar region with its framing camera on August 12, 2011. The image has a resolution of about 260 meters per pixel.
PIA14688:
Complex Structures in Vesta's South Polar Region
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-09-02 Vesta Dawn
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained these side-by-side views of a dark hill of the surface of asteroid Vesta with its framing camera on August 19, 2011. The images have a resolution of about 260 meters per pixel.
PIA14689:
Side by Side Views of a Dark Hill
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-09-03 Vesta Dawn
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this image of a dark band on asteroid Vesta with its framing camera on August 19, 2011. The image has a resolution of about 260 meters per pixel.
PIA14690:
A Dark Band on Vesta
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-09-04 Vesta Dawn
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this image of various craters on asteroid Vesta with its framing camera on August 19, 2011. The image has a resolution of about 260 meters per pixel.
PIA14691:
The Various Craters on Vesta
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-09-05 Vesta Dawn
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this image of craters with bright features on asteroid Vesta with its framing camera on August 18, 2011. The image has a resolution of about 260 meters per pixel.
PIA14692:
Craters with Bright Features
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this image of dark patches and stripes on crater walls on asteroid Vesta with its framing camera on August 18, 2011. The image has a resolution of about 260 meters per pixel.
PIA14693:
Dark Patches and Stripes on Crater Walls
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this image of dark material on hilltops on asteroid Vesta with its framing camera on August 18, 2011. The image has a resolution of about 260 meters per pixel.
PIA14694:
Dark Material on Hilltops
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-09-08 Vesta Dawn
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this image of an unusual hill on asteroid Vesta with its framing camera on August 18, 2011. The image has a resolution of about 260 meters per pixel.
PIA14695:
Unusual Hill on Vesta
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-09-09 Vesta Dawn
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows dark material at impact craters, up to 12.5 miles-wide (20 kilometer-wide) and sets of worm-like tracks in the north-south direction.
PIA14696:
Worm-like Markings on Vesta's Surface
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained these images with its visible and infrared instrument of asteroid Vesta. The top image is a simulated true-color picture of the asteroid's surface.
PIA14697:
Visible and Infrared Data Mosaic
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-09-11 Vesta Dawn
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this image of asteroid Vesta with its framing camera on Aug. 26, 2011. This image was taken through the camera's clear filter. The image has a resolution of about 260 meters per pixel.
PIA14698:
Craters, Scarps, Troughs, Grooves and Plains on Vesta
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this image of terrestrial mountains on asteroid Vesta with its framing camera on Aug. 26, 2011. The image has a resolution of about 260 meters per pixel.
PIA14700:
Steep Slope on Vesta
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-09-14 Vesta Dawn
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this image of craters and grooves in the south polar region on asteroid Vesta with its framing camera on Sept. 3, 2011. The image has a resolution of about 220 meters per pixel.
PIA14701:
Craters and Grooves in the South Polar Region
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This 3D image shows the topography of craters and grooves of asteroid Vesta's south polar region obtained by the framing camera instrument aboard NASA's Dawn spacecraft on Aug. 23 and 28, 2011. You need 3D glasses to view this image.
PIA14699:
Anaglyph of Craters in the South Polar Region
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-09-15 Vesta Dawn
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this image with its framing camera on Aug. 23, 2011. This image was taken through the camera's clear filter. The image has a resolution of about 260 meters per pixel.
PIA14702:
Different Surface Ages on Vesta
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-09-16 Vesta Dawn
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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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This image mosaic of Vesta's south pole is generated from dozens of individual images from the framing camera aboard NASA's Dawn spacecraft. This view is centered on the asteroid's south pole, which is surrounded by several large impact craters.
PIA14704:
Map of Vesta's South Pole
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-09-16 Vesta Dawn
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When NASA's Dawn spacecraft sent the first images of the giant asteroid Vesta to the ground, scientists were fascinated by an enormous mound inside a big circular depression at the south pole. You need 3D glasses to view this image.
PIA14705:
Vesta's Surface in 3D: A Big Mountain at the Asteroid's South Pole
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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 3D: Details of Wave-Like Terrain in the South Pole
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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 3D: An Ancient, Cratered Surface
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-09-16 Vesta Dawn
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This false-color image obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows a crater on the giant asteroid Vesta. The reddish coloring below the crater points to material that was hurled from Vesta's interior during an impact or originated from the impactor itself.
PIA14709:
False-Color Image Shows Proof of an Impact
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-09-16 Vesta Dawn
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The terrain model of Vesta's southern hemisphere shows a big circular structure, its rim rising above the interior of the structure. This false-color map of the giant asteroid Vesta is from the framing camera aboard NASA's Dawn spacecraft.
PIA14711:
A False-Color Topography of Vesta's South Pole
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This image obtained by the framing camera on NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows the south pole of the giant asteroid Vesta. Scientists are discussing whether the circular structure that covers most of this image originated by a collision with another asteroid.
PIA14712:
Viewing the South Pole of Vesta
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The south pole of the giant asteroid Vesta reveals cliffs that are several miles or kilometers high, deep grooves, and craters. This oblique view is from NASA's Dawn spacecraft.
PIA14713:
High Cliffs at Vesta's South Pole
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft is of the south pole region of the asteroid Vesta, a mountain is rising approximately 9 miles (15 kilometers) above the floor of a crater.
PIA14714:
Impressive Mountain Tops on Vesta
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The image shows Claudia (arrow), a tiny crater through which by definition Vesta's prime meridian runs from the asteroid's north pole to its south pole. This image is from NASA's Dawn spacecraft.
PIA14715:
Claudia: A Tiny Crater Chosen to Define Vesta's Prime Meridian
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this image of the giant asteroid Vesta with its framing camera on Aug. 26, 2011. The detail in this image shows a steep scarp with landslides and vertical craters in the scarp wall.
PIA14716:
Landslides on Vesta
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this image with its framing camera on Aug. 26, 2011. The detail in this image shows impacts of all sizes, grooves, scarps and smooth areas.
PIA14717:
Impacts and Grooves on Vesta
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this image with its framing camera on Aug. 20, 2011. This image was taken through the camera's clear filter. The image has a resolution of about 260 meters per pixel.
PIA14718:
Troughs Covered by Impacts
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this image with its framing camera on Aug. 20, 2011. This image was taken through the camera's clear filter. The image has a resolution of about 260 meters per pixel.
PIA14719:
An Impact Structure Resembling a Snowman
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This detail of NASA's Dawn spacecraft's framing camera image shows low sun angles and large shadows on asteroid Vesta.
PIA14776:
Night and Day Boundary on Vesta
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this image of a young and old crater at the night and day boundary on asteroid Vesta. The image has a resolution of about 260 meters per pixel.
PIA14777:
Young and Old Crater at the Night and Day Boundary on Vesta
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This full-frame view of asteroid Vesta was obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft with its framing camera on July, 24 2011. This image was taken through the camera's clear filter. The image has a resolution of about 485 meters per pixel.
PIA14778:
A Full-Frame View of Vesta
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this image of the giant asteroid Vesta with its framing camera on Aug. 14 2011. This image was taken through the camera's clear filter. The image has a resolution of about 260 meters per pixel.
PIA14779:
Dense Region of Impact Craters
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this image of asteroid Vesta with its framing camera on Aug. 28, 2011. This image of the south polar region was taken through the camera's clear filter at a distance of 1,700 miles (2,740 kilometers).
PIA14787:
Wrinkled Terrain at Vesta's South Pole
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this image of asteroid Vesta with its framing camera on Sept. 09, 2011. This image of the south polar region was taken at a distance of 864 miles (1,390 kilometers). The image has a resolution of about 130 meters per pixel.
PIA14788:
Groovy Terrain at Vesta's South Pole
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained these images of asteroid Vesta on Aug. 28 (left) and Sept. 9, 2011. These images of the south polar region were taken at a distance of 1,700 miles (2,740 kilometers) with a resolution of about 260 and 130 meters per pixel.
PIA14789:
Closing in on the Wrinkles and Grooves at Vesta's South Pole
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this 3-D image of asteroid Vesta with its framing camera on Aug. 23 and 28, 2011 at a distance of 1,700 miles (2,740 kilometers). You will need 3D glasses to view this image.
PIA14790:
3-D Image of Grooves and Wrinkles in the South Polar Region
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this image of asteroid Vesta with its framing camera on Aug. 26, 2011 at a distance of 1,700 miles (2,740 kilometers). The image has a resolution of about 260 meters per pixel.
PIA14791:
Mountains Rising Over Vesta's Equatorial Region
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows dark colored mountains (top of the image) in the northern region of asteroid Vesta. The origin of such mountains is currently being investigated.
PIA14793:
Mountains and Bright and Dark Material on Vesta
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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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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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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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Changing Views of Our Solar System
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Changing Views of Our Solar System Animation Icon
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Portrait of Two Asteroids in Different Light
PIA14736:
Portrait of Two Asteroids in Different Light Animation Icon
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Slumping features and landslides can be clearly seen near the base of the largest scarp in this image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft. Some of the hummocky terrain near the scarps is probably due to landsliding.
PIA14794:
Scarps, Hummocky Terrain and Impacts at Vesta's South Pole
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In this image of the asteroid Vesta, taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft just shortly before the beginning of high altitude mapping orbit, north is up and the upper right corner is to the northeast.
PIA14799:
Dawn Approaching Vesta Just Before the Beginning of High Altitude Mapping Orbit
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows a raised mound material overlying the brighter material that makes up the floor of the south polar depression of asteroid Vesta. Many small scale craters are clear in this image.
PIA14795:
Small Scale Features at Vesta's South Pole
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained these images with its framing camera on Aug.17 and Sept.17, 2011. The left hand image shows scarps, mostly near the bottom. The right hand image is a close up, higher resolution view of a large part of the raised mound.
PIA14796:
Two Different Resolution Images of Vesta's South Polar Region
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This anaglyph from NASA's Dawn spacecraft image shows the topography of asteroid Vesta's southeastern region. You need 3D glasses to view this image.
PIA14797:
Anaglyph Image of Vesta's Southeastern Latitudes
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This anaglyph image shows the topography of part of Vesta's equatorial region. These craters are classed as ruin eroded craters and are most clear in the center of the image, above the troughs. You need 3D glasses to view this image.
PIA14798:
Anaglyph Image of Vesta's Equatorial Region (I)
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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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This anaglyph image shows the topography of asteroid Vesta's southwestern region. The large, heavily degraded subdued rimmed crater in the top right becomes clearer in this anaglyph image. You need 3D glasses to view this image.
PIA14826:
Anaglyph Image of Vesta's Southwestern Latitudes
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This anaglyph image shows the topography of the mountain-central complex in asteroid Vesta's south polar region. You need 3D glasses to view this image.
PIA14827:
Anaglyph Image of the Mountain/Central Complex in the South Polar Region
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-08 Vesta Dawn
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows many fresh craters, several with bright ejecta rays, which were formed by impacts into the floor of asteroid Vesta's south polar basin.
PIA14828:
Ray Craters in Vesta's South Polar Region
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-09 Vesta Dawn
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This image NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows a fresh scarp rimmed crater on asteroid Vesta with a remarkable distribution of bright and dark material in its interior.
PIA14829:
Fresh Crater with Dark and Bright Material
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-10 Vesta Dawn
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This anaglyph image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows the topography of asteroid Vesta's south polar region. The material at the base of the scarp (right side) is probably due to landsliding.
PIA14868:
Anaglyph Image of a Large Scarp in Vesta's South Polar Region
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-10 Vesta Dawn
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This image of asteroid Vesta, from NASA's Dawn spacecraft, calculated from a shape model, shows a tilted view of the topography of the south polar region. This perspective removes the overall curvature of Vesta, as if the giant asteroid were flat and not
PIA14869:
Oblique View of Vesta's South Polar Region
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-11 Vesta Dawn
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The broad morphology of asteroid Vesta's mountain/central complex is clear in this image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft; it is a roughly circular topographic mound, which is approximately 200km in diameter and has approximately 20km of relief from its base.
PIA14891:
Anaglyph Image of the Mountain-Central Complex in Vesta's South Polar Region
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-12 Vesta Dawn
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows a fresh scarp rimmed crater with many boulders on asteroid Vesta's crater floor. These boulders have diameters of 100-200m, which is roughly the size of many asteroids.
PIA14892:
Boulders on Vesta
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-12 Vesta Dawn
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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 2011-10-13 Vesta Dawn
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows an ejecta blanket mantling the surface and obscuring older caters. The bright crater rim, seen in the middle right edge, is one of a group of craters which are the source of this ejecta blanket.
PIA14893:
Ejecta Blanket on Vesta
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-14 Vesta Dawn
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In this image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft, a number of small dark areas, mostly clustered in the center and left of the image, are visible in asteroid Vesta's cratered landscape. A lot of these dark patches are small impact craters.
PIA14953:
Dark Areas in Cratered Terrain on Vesta
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The crater on asteroid Vesta shown in this image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft was emplaced onto the ejecta blanket of two large twin craters. Commonly, rays from impact craters are brighter than the surrounding surface.
PIA14954:
Fresh Dark Ray Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-16 Vesta Dawn
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Equatorial troughs of asteroid Vesta are shown running obliquely across this image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft. The troughs both overlie and are overlain by impact craters.
PIA14955:
Equatorial Troughs and Dark Material I
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This closeup of asteroid Vesta from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows small scale features such as grabens (linear depressions) which run parallel to and inside the troughs.
PIA14956:
Equatorial Troughs and Dark Material II
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-18 Vesta Dawn
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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 2011-10-19 Vesta Dawn
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These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows two different resolution views of the ejecta blanket of Vesta's 'snowman craters.' The snowman-like pattern of these craters is clearly seen in the center of the left hand image.
PIA14958:
Ejecta Blanket
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-20 Vesta Dawn
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows craters of different sizes and shapes in Vesta's southern hemisphere. The freshest craters can be classified as fresh scarp rimmed craters and the less fresh classified as partly degraded subdued rim craters.
PIA14959:
Unusual craters on Vesta I
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows craters with both sharp and smooth rims. The most obvious is the large crater in the bottom left of the image.
PIA14960:
Unusual Craters on Vesta II
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows craters with both sharp and smooth crater rims in asteroid Vesta's southern hemisphere. Detailed structure is seen more readily in the the image with a smaller view at right.
PIA14961:
Unusual Craters on Vesta III
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows craters with both sharp and smooth rims, a 'ghost' crater and dark and bright material in asteroid Vesta's southern hemisphere.
PIA14962:
Unusual Craters on Vesta IV
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows small rilles (scars) on asteroid Vesta's surface, mostly concentrated in the right half image, presumably due to impacts throwing out boulders, which crash across the surface scouring the rilles as they go.
PIA14963:
Rilles on Vesta's Surface
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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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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 2011-10-27 Vesta Dawn
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This composite image is a simulated true color image of part of asteroid Vesta's northern region, which contains the 'snowman craters.' Images such as these greatly help the process of understanding Vesta's geological history.
PIA14974:
"Snowman Craters" in Simulated True Color
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This composite image NASA's Dawn spacecraft is a simulated true color image of part of asteroid Vesta's south polar region.
PIA14975:
Vesta's South Polar Region in Simulated True Color
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-29 Vesta Dawn
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft used its Visible and Infrared Imaging Spectrometer instrument to produce these three different composite images of the same region of asteroid Vesta's surface.
PIA14976:
Craters and Ejecta in Visible and Infrared Wavelengths
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-30 Vesta Dawn
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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 2011-10-31 Vesta Dawn
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This anaglyph image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows the topography of the mountain-central complex in asteroid Vesta's south polar region. You need 3D glasses to view this image.
PIA14978:
Impact Crater and Mountain-central Complex in Vesta's South Polar Region (Anaglyph)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-01 Vesta Dawn
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These images show part of asteroid Vesta's equatorial region, which contains impact craters and troughs (linear depressions).
PIA15010:
Topography of Vesta's Equatorial Region I
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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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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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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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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 2011-11-06 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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