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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 2011-12-12 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 2011-12-11 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 2011-12-10 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 2011-12-09 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 2011-12-08 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 2011-12-07 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 2011-12-06 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 2011-12-06 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 2011-12-06 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 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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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 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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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 using color data obtained by the framing camera aboard NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows asteroid Vesta's southern hemisphere in color, centered on the Rheasilvia formation.
PIA15141:
Asteroid Vesta in a 'Rainbow-Colored Palette'
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-12-05 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 2011-12-04 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 2011-12-03 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 2011-12-02 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 2011-12-01 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 2011-12-01 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 2011-11-30 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 2011-11-29 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 2011-11-28 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 2011-11-27 Vesta Dawn
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These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft show an old, heavily cratered terrain around asteroid Vesta's equator.
PIA15125:
Topography and Albedo Image of Ancient Terrain with Ruined Crater
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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 2011-11-25 Vesta Dawn
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These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft show part of Lucaria Tholus quadrangle in asteroid Vesta's northern hemisphere. Lucaria Tholus quadrangle is in Vesta's heavily cratered northern hemisphere.
PIA15123:
Topography and Albedo Image of Part of Lucaria Tholus Quadrangle
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-24 Vesta Dawn
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft is dominated by the approximately 8 km diameter bright ray crater named Tuccia on asteroid Vesta.
PIA15122:
Recent Impact on the Rim of Tuccia Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-23 Vesta Dawn
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft is dominated by a double crater which may have been formed by the simultaneous impact of a binary asteroid. Binary asteroids are asteroids that orbit their mutual center of mass.
PIA15121:
Vesta's Cratered Landscape: Double Crater and Craters with Bright Ejecta
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-22 Vesta Dawn
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows a young, fresh crater, which is about 7 km in diameter, on asteroid Vesta. This crater has both dark and bright rays fanning out from it.
PIA15120:
Large Blocks of Rocky Material in a Young Ray Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-21 Vesta Dawn
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows ejecta from two of the large
PIA15086:
Ejecta from Vesta's "Snowman" Craters
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-20 Vesta Dawn
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft is centered on the Sextilia crater in asteroid Vesta's southern hemisphere. Craters on Vesta are named after Vestal virgins, priestesses of the Roman goddess Vesta.
PIA15085:
Sextilia Crater and Surroundings
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Add Image to Favorite List 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 2011-11-18 Vesta Dawn
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows areas of dark material which are both associated with impact craters and between these craters on asteroid Vesta. Dark material is seen cropping out of the rims and sides of the larger craters.
PIA15083:
Dark Material Associated with and between Craters
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-17 Vesta Dawn
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft is dominated by bright rayed craters of different sizes. The most prominent bright rayed crater is name Tuccia.
PIA15082:
Features on Vesta's Regolith
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-16 Vesta Dawn
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft is dominated by bright rayed craters of different sizes. The most prominent bright rayed crater is named Tuccia.
PIA15081:
Bright Rayed Craters in Tuccia Quadrangle
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-15 Vesta Dawn
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows the hummocky (wavy/undulating) terrain of Vesta's Rheasilvia quadrangle, which is the south polar region.
PIA15080:
Hummocky Terrain in Vesta's Rheasilvia Quadrangle
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-14 Vesta Dawn
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows four large impact craters close to one another on Vesta's surface. Interestingly, each of these four has a distinct preservation state.
PIA15048:
Impact Craters with Different Preservation States
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-13 Vesta Dawn
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows a part of the surface of asteroid Vesta, which is mantled (covered) by an ejecta blanket, evident as smoothly textured surface visible across the image.
PIA15047:
Mantled Surface of Vesta with Secondaries
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-12 Vesta Dawn
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows numerous grooves (linear depressions) and crater chains, especially in the right hand side of the image of asteroid Vesta.
PIA15046:
Grooves and Crater Chains on Vesta
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-11 Vesta Dawn
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows a small, young, fresh crater on asteroid Vesta with bright and dark rays extending from it.
PIA15045:
Fresh Crater with Bright and Dark Rays
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-10 Vesta Dawn
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft is dominated by a wide, young, fresh crater on asteroid Vesta. Surrounding this crater is its ejecta blanket, a covering of small particles that were thrown out during the impact that formed the crater.
PIA15044:
Ejecta from a Fresh Crater Covering Older Craters and Crater Chains
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-11-07 Asteroid Goldstone Deep Space Network (DSN)
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This radar image of asteroid 2005 YU55 was obtained NASA's Deep Space Network antenna in Goldstone, Calif. on Nov. 7, 2011, when the space rock was at 3.6 lunar distances, which is about 860,000 miles, or 1.38 million kilometers, from Earth.
PIA15019:
Asteroid 2005 YU55 Approaches Close Earth Flyby
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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 2011-11-04 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 2011-11-03 Vesta Dawn
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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 2011-11-02 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 2011-11-01 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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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 2011-10-30 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 2011-10-29 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 2011-10-28 Vesta Dawn
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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 2011-10-27 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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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-26 Vesta Dawn
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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 2011-10-25 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 2011-10-24 Vesta Dawn
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-23 Vesta Dawn
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-22 Vesta Dawn
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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. The most obvious is the large crater in the bottom left of the image.
PIA14960:
Unusual Craters on Vesta II
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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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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 2011-10-18 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 2011-10-17 Vesta Dawn
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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 2011-10-16 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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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-15 Vesta Dawn
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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 2011-10-14 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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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 2011-10-12 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 2011-10-12 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 2011-10-11 Vesta Dawn
Framing Camera
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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 2011-10-10 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 2011-10-10 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 2011-10-09 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 2011-10-08 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 2011-10-07 Vesta Dawn
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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 2011-10-06 Vesta Dawn
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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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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 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 2011-10-05 Vesta Dawn
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This anaglyph image shows the topography of part of Vesta's equatorial region; this uneven topography is mostly due to large, ancient, rather degraded ruin eroded craters. You need 3D glasses to view this image.
PIA14825:
Anaglyph Image of Vesta's Equatorial Region (II)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-04 Vesta Dawn
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-03 Vesta Dawn
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-02 Vesta Dawn
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-10-01 Vesta Dawn
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-09-30 Vesta Dawn
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-09-30 Vesta Dawn
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-09-29 Vesta Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-09-29 Vesta Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE Telescope
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Changing Views of Our Solar System
PIA14735:
Changing Views of Our Solar System Animation Icon
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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 2011-09-29 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 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 Dawn
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-09-28 Vesta Dawn
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-09-27 Vesta Dawn
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-09-26 Vesta Dawn
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-09-25 Vesta Dawn
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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 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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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-09-23 Vesta Dawn
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-09-22 Vesta Dawn
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-09-21 Vesta Dawn
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2011-09-20 Vesta Dawn
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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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