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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-28 Vesta Dawn
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These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft show part of the ejecta blanket from Vesta's 'Snowman' craters in the northern hemisphere. The ejecta blanket fills the whole image and is identified by its hummocky yet smooth texture.
PIA15126:
Topography and Albedo Image of Hummocky-mantled Terrain on Vesta
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-29 Vesta Dawn
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These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft show part of the grooved terrain in asteroid Vesta's Pinaria quadrangle, which is in the southern hemisphere. Large-scale grooves and depressions can be seen running diagonally across the image.
PIA15127:
Topography and Albedo Image of Grooved Terrain on Vesta
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-30 Vesta Dawn
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These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft show many craters, which have different states of preservation, in Vesta's Bellicia quadrangle in the northern hemisphere.
PIA15128:
Topography and Albedo Image of Different Preservations States of Craters
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-12-01 Vesta Dawn
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft is dominated by Caparronia impact crater, approximately 55 km in diameter with a mostly fresh, irregularly shaped rim. It also has a curved, linear mound running across most of its base.
PIA15129:
Caparronia Crater Covered with Ejecta and Small, Secondary Craters
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-12-01 Vesta Dawn
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This 3D image was obtained as Dawn approached Vesta and circled the giant asteroid during the mission's survey orbit phase. You need 3D glasses to view this image.
PIA15140:
Dawn Soars Over Asteroid Vesta in 3-D Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-12-02 Vesta Dawn
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These images are of HED (howardite, eucrite and diogenite) meteorites, a large group of meteorites believed to originate from asteroid Vesta, a hypothesis that is consistent with current Dawn observations.
PIA15136:
Rocks from Vesta -- Part 1: Eucrites
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-12-03 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.
PIA15137:
Rocks from Vesta -- Part 2: Howardites
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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 2011-12-06 Vesta Dawn
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This image combines two separate views of the giant asteroid Vesta obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft. The data reveal a world of many varied, well-separated layers and ingredients.
PIA15142:
A Comparative View of Terrains on Vesta
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-12-06 Vesta Dawn
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This image combines two separate views of the giant asteroid Vesta obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft. The fresh impact craters in this view are located in the south polar region, which has been partly covered by landslides from the adjacent crater.
PIA15143:
Fresh Impact Craters on Asteroid Vesta
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-12-06 Vesta Dawn
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he visible and infrared mapping spectrometer aboard NASA's Dawn spacecraft acquired this set of images during the high-altitude mapping orbit phase at about 420 miles (680 kilometers) above the surface of asteroid Vesta.
PIA15144:
A Global View of Vesta
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-12-06 Vesta Dawn
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This image of a bright-rayed crater on giant asteroid Vesta was taken by the framing camera aboard NASA's Dawn spacecraft. The crater is about 2 miles (3.5 kilometers) in diameter and impacted on the rim of an older crater, named Tuccia.
PIA15146:
Bright-Rayed Crater on Asteroid Vesta
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-12-06 Vesta Dawn
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This mosaic of three images was taken by NASA's Dawn framing camera during the high-altitude mapping orbit over the giant asteroid Vesta. The eastern rim is higher than the western rim, and the overall topography is downhill from east to west.
PIA15147:
Crater Characteristics on Asteroid Vesta
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-12-06 Vesta Dawn
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This still from a movie shows an image taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft layered on a digital terrain model of an unusual hill containing a dark-rayed impact crater and nearby dark deposit on asteroid Vesta.
PIA15148:
Dark Hill on Asteroid Vesta Movie Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-12-05 Vesta Dawn
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These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft are dominated by the 35km diameter Bellicia crater on asteroid Vesta, after which Bellicia quadrangle is named.
PIA15186:
Topography and Albedo Image of Bellicia 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 2011-12-07 Vesta Dawn
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These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft are dominated by the 45km diameter Domitia crater on asteroid Vesta, after which Domitia quadrangle is named.
PIA15188:
Topography and Albedo Image of Domitia Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-12-08 Vesta Dawn
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These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft show the 12km diameter Floronia crater on asteroid Vesta, after which Floronia quadrangle is named. Floronia crater is the middle crater in the vertical column of 3 craters.
PIA15189:
Topography and Albedo Image of Floronia Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-12-09 Vesta Dawn
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These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft show Gegania crater on asteroid Vesta, after which Gegania quadrangle is named. The image at left shows the albedo (brightness/darkness) of the surface.
PIA15191:
Topography and Albedo Image of Gegania Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-12-10 Vesta Dawn
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These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft show Lucaria Tholus on asteroid Vesta, after which Lucaria quadrangle is named. Lucaria Tholus is the large, roughly elliptically shaped hill in the center of the image.
PIA15192:
Topography and Albedo Image of Lucaria Tholus
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-12-11 Vesta Dawn
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These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft show Marcia crater, after which Marcia quadrangle is named. Marcia crater is the largest and southernmost of the three Vestan craters nicknamed the 'Snowman.'
PIA15193:
Topography and Albedo Image of Marcia Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-12-12 Vesta Dawn
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These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft show the ~20km diameter Numisia crater on asteroid Aster, after which Numisia quadrangle is named.
PIA15194:
Topography and Albedo Image of Numisia Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-12-12 Vesta Dawn
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This image of the giant asteroid Vesta was obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft in the evening Nov. 27 PST (early morning Nov. 28, UTC), as it was spiraling down from its high altitude mapping orbit to low altitude mapping orbit.
PIA15175:
Dawn Orbiting Over Vesta
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-12-13 Vesta Dawn
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These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft show Oppia crater on asteroid Vesta, after which Oppia quadrangle is named. Oppia crater is a distinctive crater because it has an unusually shaped rim, which is almost rectangular in form.
PIA15195:
Topography and Albedo Image of Oppia Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-12-21 Vesta Dawn
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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 2011-12-21 Vesta Dawn
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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 2011-12-21 Vesta Dawn
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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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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 2011-12-21 Vesta Dawn
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft has spiraled closer and closer to the surface of the giant asteroid Vesta. These images were obtained by Dawn's framing camera in the three phases of its campaign since arriving at Vesta in mid-2011.
PIA15224:
Closer and Closer to the Vesta Surface
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-01-09 Vesta Dawn
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These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft show Pinaria crater on asteroid Vesta, after which Pinaria quadrangle is named. Many young fresh impact craters are visible on the slumped material.
PIA15196:
Topography and Albedo Image of Pinaria Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-01-10 Vesta Dawn
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These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft show Urbinia crater on asteroid Vesta. Urbinia crater is distinctive because is has an irregularly shaped rim due to the formation of other impact craters along its rim and then subsequent erosion.
PIA15197:
Topography and Albedo Image of Urbinia Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-01-11 Vesta Dawn
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows a surface with many craters and linear chains of small craters that merge into ridges on the giant asteroid Vesta.
PIA15296:
Unusual Crater Chains and Ridges
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-01-12 Vesta Dawn
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows a relatively fresh crater with bright deposits exposed in the crater wall that streak downslope on the giant asteroid Vesta.
PIA15297:
Bright Material Deposits in Crater Wall
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-01-13 Vesta Dawn
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows a surface with craters buried under thick ejected material that displays a grooved texture on the giant asteroid Vesta.
PIA15298:
Smooth Ejecta with Grooved Surface Showing Buried Craters
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-01-16 Vesta Dawn
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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 2012-01-17 Vesta Dawn
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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 2012-01-18 Vesta Dawn
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These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft show Tuccia crater, after which Tuccia quadrangle is named. Tuccia crater is located about 40 kilometers (25 miles) northward of the rim of Vesta's large south polar Rheasilvia basin.
PIA15317:
Topography and Albedo Image of Tuccia Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-01-20 Vesta Dawn
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These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft show Caparronia crater on asteroid Vesta.
PIA15319:
Topography and Albedo Image of Caparronia Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-01-23 Vesta Dawn
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This anaglyph shows the topography of Vesta's eastern hemisphere; equatorial troughs are visible around asteroid Vesta's equator and north of these troughs there are a number of highly degraded, old, large craters. You need 3-D glasses to view this image.
PIA15320:
3-D Image of Vesta's Eastern Hemisphere
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This anaglyph shows the topography of Vesta's
PIA15321:
3-D Image of Vesta's "Snowman" Craters
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-01-25 Vesta Dawn
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This anaglyph shows the central complex in asteroid Vesta's Rheasilvia impact basin. The central complex about two and a half times taller than Mt. Everest. You need 3-D glasses to view this image.
PIA15322:
3-D Image of the Central Complex in Vesta's Rheasilvia Impact Basin
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-01-26 Vesta Dawn
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft is centered on a small, young, fresh crater with bright and dark ejecta rays extending from it. The crater is located in Vesta's Tuccia quadrangle on asteroid Vesta.
PIA15323:
Crater with Dark and Bright Ejecta
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-01-27 Vesta Dawn
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows the texture of the surface in a part of asteroid Vesta's southern hemisphere. This region is just north of the main Rheasilvia structure.
PIA15324:
Complex Surface Texture in Vesta's Southern Hemisphere
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-01-30 Vesta Dawn
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows Caparronia crater on asteroid Vesta, an unusually shaped, irregular rim that is sharp and fresh in some areas and more rounded and degraded in others.
PIA15336:
Impact Crater with Unusual Rim
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-01-31 Vesta Dawn
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows heavily cratered terrain in asteroid Vesta's equatorial region. The craters have a wide range of sizes and many different forms, which include fresh, degraded and barely visible because they are so degraded.
PIA15337:
Cratered Terrain in Vesta's Equatorial Region
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows some of the undulating terrain in asteroid Vesta's southern hemisphere.
PIA15338:
Undulating Terrain in Vesta's Southern Hemisphere
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows old cratered terrain located on asteroid Vesta's equator. Many of these craters have very degraded, rounded rims.
PIA15339:
Old Cratered Terrain on Vesta's Equator
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows part of the ejecta deposit surrounding the 'snowman' craters, the largest of which has been named Marcia.
PIA15340:
Ejecta and Dark Rayed Crater
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows undulating terrain, located only in asteroid Vesta's southern hemisphere, in and around the Rheasilvia impact basin.
PIA15341:
Undulating Terrain in Vesta's Southern Hemisphere
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows Dawn visible and infrared spectrometer image, overlain on top of a framing camera image of the same region on asteroid Vesta.
PIA15342:
Small-scale Surface Variations Seen with Dawn's Visible and Infrared Spectrometer
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This mosaic from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows asteroid Vesta's southern hemisphere (lower part of the image) and equatorial regions (upper part of the image).
PIA15343:
Mosaic of Visible and Infrared Spectrometer Data
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows numerous linear chains and clusters of small craters on asteroid Vesta. These chains and clusters of craters were created by material that was ejected during the formation of a large crater.
PIA15349:
Chains and Clusters of Secondary Craters
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows many linear or sinuous grooves crisscrossing the surface of asteroid Vesta. They were created when large pieces of debris grazed and scoured the surface.
PIA15350:
Markings of Ejected Material on Vesta's Surface
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows a large number of craters, formed by collisions into the surface of asteroid Vesta. The relatively large circular depressions in this image are older, heavily degraded impact craters.
PIA15351:
Vesta's Surface at High Resolution: Dominated by Impact Craters
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft, is based on a framing camera image that is overlain by a color-coded height representation of topography. This heart-shaped hollow is roughly 10 kilometers (6 miles) across at its widest point.
PIA15352:
A Valentine from Vesta
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows many highly degraded craters in the top part of the image. These craters are so degraded that their rims are only partially visible.
PIA15381:
Mass Wasting on Steep Slopes
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows two overlapping impact craters on asteroid Vesta. The rims of the craters are both reasonably fresh but the larger crater must be older because the smaller crater cuts across the larger crater's rim.
PIA15382:
Successive Formation of Impact Craters
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows impact ejecta deposits dominating asteroid Vesta's landscape. This impact ejecta material was ejected from an impact crater located outside the imaged area.
PIA15383:
Impact Ejecta Deposits Covering Underlying Topography
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows the sun illuminating the landscape of asteroid Vesta during a Vestan 'sunrise'; the sun had a low angle relative to Vesta's surface, just as the sun has a low angle in the sky in the morning on Earth.
PIA15384:
Dawn on Vesta
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These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft show the brightness/darkness of asteroid Vesta's surface. These images are located in Vesta's Marcia quadrangle.
PIA15385:
Brightness and Topography Images of a Dark Hill
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows Aricia Tholus, a dark hill located in asteroid Vesta's Marcia quadrangle. Tholus is a word used to describe a small dome-like mountain or hill. Aricia was the name of a city in ancient Italy.
PIA15386:
Aricia Tholus
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These images taken by NASA's Dawn framing camera are located in asteroids Vesta's Numisia quadrangle.
PIA15400:
Apparent Brightness and Topography Images of Cornelia Crater
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows Cornelia crater on asteroid Vesta with a sharp, fresh rim. Cornelia crater has a spectacular internal structure, which consists of bright and dark material.
PIA15401:
Cornelia Crater
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows a part of Vesta's northern hemisphere, which is mostly in darkness. Since Dawn's arrival at asteroid Vesta the sun has not illuminated Vesta's most northerly latitudes.
PIA15402:
Islands in the Darkness
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows an area in Vesta's northern hemisphere that has been illuminated by the sun. As asteroid Vesta progresses from its winter to its spring the sunlight is creeping further and further northwards.
PIA15403:
Light and Shadow
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows a relatively smooth part of asteroid Vesta's surface. This smooth texture is probably due to the surface being covered in a layer of tiny dust particles.
PIA15404:
Dust-covered Surface with Fresh Small Craters
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft of asteroid Vesta shows hows a large impact crater whose rim is rather smoothed and degraded. There are many smaller, younger craters surrounding and inside of this crater and these have sharper, fresher rims.
PIA15405:
Impact Crater with Smoothed Rim
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows part of the sharp, fresh rim of a large crater on asteroid Vesta. There is some bright material slumping towards the center of this crater but this is mostly overshadowed by the dark material.
PIA15406:
Sharp Crater Rim with Dark Material and Boulders
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This anaglpyh from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows Caparronia crater on asteroid Vesta. The 3-D effect of the anaglyph highlights the large ridge running across the base of Caparronia crater. You will need 3-D glasses to view this image.
PIA15407:
3D Image of Caparronia
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This anaglyph from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows degraded craters in asteroid Vesta's northern hemisphere. You need 3D glasses to view this image.
PIA15451:
3-D Image of Degraded Craters
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This anaglyph from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows degraded craters shows partially degraded craters and ridges in asteroid Vesta's Pinaria quadrangle. You need 3D glasses to view this image.
PIA15452:
3-D Image of Partially Degraded Craters
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This anaglyph from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows three fresh craters on asteroid Vesta, which have been nicknamed the 'Snowman' craters. You need 3D glasses to view this image.
PIA15453:
3-D Image of Fresh Craters
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The left-hand image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows the apparent brightness of asteroid Vesta's surface. The right-hand image is based on this apparent brightness image, with a color-coded height representation of the topography overlain onto it.
PIA15454:
Apparent Brightness and Topography Images of Vibidia Crater
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft is centered on asteroid Vesta's Vibidia crater. There is a distinctive distribution of bright and dark material around Vibidia crater.
PIA15455:
Vibidia Crater
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Located in the Marcia quadrangle, the left-hand image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows the apparent brightness of asteroid Vesta's surface. The right-hand image is based on this apparent brightness image.
PIA15456:
Apparent Brightness and Topography Images of Calpurnia and Minucia
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows a close up image of two of the craters that make up the three 'Snowman' craters on asteroid Vesta.
PIA15457:
Calpurnia and Minucia Craters
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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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This image NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows is located in Vesta's Rheasilvia quadrangle, near Vesta's south pole. Severina crater has a fresh, sharp rim and a smaller, presumably younger, crater on its rim.
PIA15487:
Severina Crater
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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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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows Tarpeia crater, located in Vesta's Rheasilvia quadrangle, near asteroid Vesta's south pole. Tarpeia has a sharp, fresh rim surrounding it.
PIA15489:
Tarpeia Crater
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Towards the bottom of image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft ,slightly offset from the image center, is a small, young, fresh crater within a rectangular, older, heavily eroded crater.
PIA15490:
Fresh Crater Inside a Rectangular Crater
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This mosaic depicts a portion of asteroid Vesta imaged by NASA's Dawn spacecraft where pockets of bright materials are visible.
PIA15233:
Map of Bright Areas on Vesta
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows the crater Numisia, located just south of the equator in the Numisia quadrangle on asteroid Vesta.
PIA15234:
Bright Material at Numisia Crater
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In this image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft, bright material extends out from the crater Canuleia on asteroid Vesta. The bright material appears to have been thrown out of the crater during the impact that created it.
PIA15235:
Bright Rays from Canuleia Crater
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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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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows the brightest area seen on asteroid Vesta so far. It shows a crater located inside the rim of the Rheasilvia basin at the south pole of Vesta.
PIA15237:
Extremely Bright Area
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This image of a dark-rayed impact crater and several dark spots was obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft. The dark materials are located near an older, larger crater in the Sextilia quadrangle of asteroid Vesta's southern hemisphere.
PIA15239:
Dark-Rayed Crater and Spots
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The interplay of bright and dark material at the rim of Marcia crater on Vesta is visible in this image mosaic taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft. The bright and dark material appear to be exposed from weathering.
PIA15491:
Bright and Dark at West Rim of Marcia Crater
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft features the distinctive crater Canuleia on the giant asteroid Vesta. Canuleia, about 6 miles (10 kilometers) in diameter, is distinguished by the rays of bright material that streak out from it.
PIA16175:
Fresh and Bright Canuleia
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This mosaic from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows dark material near a series of craters known as the 'snowman' on asteroid Vesta. That ejected material is a complex mixture of components.
PIA15492:
Dark Materials at the Snowman
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This still from an animation made from data obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows the topography of a portion of the wall and interior of the Rheasilvia impact basin in asteroid Vesta's south-polar region.
PIA15493:
Wall of Rheasilvia Animation Icon
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows a close-up view of the wall of the Rheasilvia impact basin on asteroid Vesta.
PIA15494:
Close-up of Rheasilvia's Wall
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows a young crater on asteroid Vesta. Layering is visible in the crater walls, as are large boulders that were thrown out in the material ejected from the impact.
PIA15495:
Layered Young Crater
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This image, made from data obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, shows a perspective view of a layered young crater in the Rheasilvia basin at asteroid Vesta.
PIA15496:
Perspective View of Layered Young Crater
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows an interior wall and southern terrace of Marcia crater on Vesta. Relatively smooth material covers much of the terrace and has flowed downslope (toward the top of the image) through channels.
PIA15498:
Wall and Terrace at Marcia Crater
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This mosaic of the surface of asteroid Vesta was made from images obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft while the area was entirely in the sun's shadow. Light reflecting off of other areas of Vesta provides the only illumination.
PIA15499:
Northern Shadow
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This map is a mosaic of images obtained by NASA's Dawn's framing camera during the high-altitude mapping orbit phase. This map shows the distribution of dark materials on the surface of asteroid Vesta.
PIA15238:
Map of Dark Materials on Vesta
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This image, from NASA's Dawn spacecraft, shows rock material that has moved across the surface and flowed into a low area in the ridged floor of the Rheasilvia basin on asteroid Vesta.
PIA15497:
Flowing Material
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The low sun elevation in this image of NASA's Dawn spacecraft of asteroid Vesta enhances small topographic details near the rim of the large crater, part of which is visible in the bottom left of the image.
PIA15516:
Blocks of Ejected Material and Small Craters Near a Crater Rim
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A double crater, called a crater doublet, is seen in the bottom right part of this image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft of asteroid Vesta. This crater doublet was likely formed by the simultaneous impact of two fragments of a split projectile.
PIA15517:
Double Crater
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