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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-03-06 Ceres Dawn
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The slim crescent of Ceres smiles back as the dwarf planet awaits the arrival of an emissary from Earth. This image was taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on March 1, 2015.
PIA19312:
Ceres at Dawn - Take Two
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-03-06 Ceres Dawn
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The slim crescent of Ceres smiles back as the dwarf planet awaits the arrival of an emissary from Earth. This image was taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on March 1, 2015, just a few days before it achieved orbit around the previously unexplored world.
PIA19311:
Ceres at Dawn - Take One
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-03-02 Ceres Dawn
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft took this image of dwarf planet Ceres from about 25,000 miles (40,000 kilometers) away on Feb. 25, 2015. Ceres appears half in shadow because of the current position of the spacecraft relative to the dwarf planet and the sun.
PIA19310:
Ceres in Half Shadow
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-03-02 Ceres Dawn
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Some might see a pancake, and others a sand dollar, in this new image from NASA's Dawn mission. Astronomers are puzzling over a mysterious large circular feature located south of the equator and slightly to the right of center in this view.
PIA18925:
'Pancake' Feature on Ceres
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The surface of Ceres is covered with craters of many shapes and sizes, as seen in this frame from an animation of a map of the dwarf planet's surface as seen by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on Feb. 19, 2015.
PIA18924:
Cratered Surface of Ceres in Motion Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-03-02 Ceres Dawn
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The surface of Ceres is covered with craters of many shapes and sizes, as seen in this new mosaic of the dwarf planet comprised of images taken by NASA's Dawn mission on Feb. 19, 2015 from a distance of nearly 29,000 miles (46,000 kilometers).
PIA18923:
Cratered Surface of Ceres
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-03-02 Ceres Dawn
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This artist's concept shows NASA's Dawn spacecraft arriving at the dwarf planet Ceres. Dawn travels through space using a technology called ion propulsion, with ions glowing with blue light are accelerated out of an engine, giving the spacecraft thrust.
PIA18922:
Dawn's Blue Glow (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-03-02 Ceres Dawn
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This artist's concept shows NASA's Dawn spacecraft arriving at the dwarf planet Ceres, the most massive body in the asteroid belt. Dawn is the first mission to visit a dwarf planet.
PIA18921:
Dawn's Arrival at Dwarf Planet (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-03-02 Ceres Dawn
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Ceres rotates in this frame from a movie comprised of images taken by NASA's Dawn mission during its approach to the dwarf planet. The images were taken on Feb. 19, 2015, from a distance of nearly 29,000 miles (46,000 kilometers).
PIA18920:
Ceres Awaits Dawn Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-02-25 Ceres Dawn
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This image was taken by NASA's Dawn spacecraft of dwarf planet Ceres on Feb. 19 from a distance of nearly 29,000 miles (46,000 kilometers). It shows that the brightest spot on Ceres has a dimmer companion, which apparently lies in the same basin.
PIA19185:
Bright Spot on Ceres Has Dimmer Companion
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-02-25 Ceres Dawn
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained these uncropped images of dwarf planet Ceres on Feb. 19, 2015, from a distance of about 29,000 miles (46,000 kilometers). The images show the full range of different crater shapes that can be found at Ceres' surface.
PIA19184:
Views of Ceres on Approach, Uncropped
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-02-25 Ceres Dawn
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These images of dwarf planet Ceres, processed to enhance clarity, were taken on Feb. 19, 2015, from a distance of about 29,000 miles (46,000 kilometers), by NASA's Dawn spacecraft. Dawn observed Ceres completing one full rotation, lasting about nine hours
PIA19183:
Views of Ceres on Approach
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-02-17 Ceres Dawn
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These two views of Ceres were acquired by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on Feb. 12, 2015, from a distance of about 52,000 miles (83,000 kilometers) as the dwarf planet rotated. The images have been magnified from their original size.
PIA19056:
Dawn Approaches: Two Faces of Ceres
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-02-12 Ceres Dawn
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In this image, dwarf planet Ceres is seen on Feb. 4, 2015, from a distance of about 90,000 miles (145,000 kilometers). NASA's Dawn spacecraft is due to arrive at Ceres on March 6, 2015.
PIA19181:
Ceres, Seen by Dawn on Approach
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-02-06 Ceres Dawn
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This still from an animation showcases a series of images NASA's Dawn spacecraft took on approach to Ceres on Feb. 4, 2015 at a distance of about 90,000 miles (145,000 kilometers) from the dwarf planet.
PIA19180:
Animation of Ceres Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-02-05 Ceres Dawn
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This still from an animation showcases a series of images NASA's Dawn spacecraft took on approach to Ceres on Feb. 4, 2015 at a distance of about 90,000 miles (145,000 kilometers) from the dwarf planet.
PIA19174:
Animation of Ceres Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-02-05 Ceres Dawn
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This image is one several images NASA's Dawn spacecraft took on approach to Ceres on Feb. 4, 2015 at a distance of about 90,000 miles (145,000 kilometers) from the dwarf planet.
PIA19179:
Ceres on Approach
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-02-04 Ceres Dawn
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This is a frame from an animation showcasing a series of images NASA's Dawn spacecraft took on approach to Ceres on Feb. 4, 2015 at a distance of about 90,000 miles (145,000 kilometers) from the dwarf planet.
PIA19182:
Animation of Ceres on Approach Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-01-27 Ceres Dawn
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This image depicts the dwarf planet Ceres, as seen from the Dawn spacecraft. It was taken 147,000 miles (237,000 kilometers) from Ceres on January 25, 2015, is part of a series of views representing the best look so far at the dwarf planet.
PIA19173:
Ceres Sharper Than Ever (Zoomed Out View)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-01-27 Ceres Dawn
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This image, taken 147,000 miles (237,000 kilometers) from Ceres on January 25, 2015 by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, is part of a series of views representing the best look so far at the dwarf planet.
PIA19172:
Ceres Sharper Than Ever
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-01-27 Ceres Dawn
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This frame from an animation of the dwarf planet Ceres was made by combining images taken by the Dawn spacecraft on January 25, 2015. These images of Ceres, and they represent the highest-resolution views to date of the dwarf planet.
PIA19171:
Ceres Sharper Than Ever (Animation) Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-01-22 Vesta Dawn
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This image shows Cornelia Crater on the large asteroid Vesta. On the right is an inset image showing an example of curved gullies, indicated by the short white arrows, and a fan-shaped deposit, indicated by long white arrows.
PIA19170:
Gully and Fan-Shaped Deposit on Vesta
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-01-19 Ceres Dawn
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In this image, taken January 13, 2015, NASA's Dawn spacecraft captures the dwarf planet Ceres in both visible and infrared light. The infrared image, right, serves as a temperature map of Ceres, where white is warmer and red is colder.
PIA19169:
Ceres From Dawn, Visible and Infrared Light
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-01-19 Ceres Dawn
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This frame from an animation comes from NASA's Dawn spacecraft as it observed Ceres for an hour on Jan. 13, 2015, from a distance of 238,000 miles (383,000 kilometers).
PIA19168:
Animation of Ceres Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-01-19 Ceres Dawn
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This processed image, taken Jan. 13, 2015, shows the dwarf planet Ceres as seen from the Dawn spacecraft. The image hints at craters on the surface of Ceres. Dawn's framing camera took this image at 238,000 miles (383,000 kilometers) from Ceres.
PIA19167:
Ceres From Dawn, Processed
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-01-19 Ceres Dawn
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This is a raw image, taken Jan. 13, 2015, showing the dwarf planet Ceres as seen from the Dawn spacecraft on its approach. Dawn's framing camera took this image at 238,000 miles (383,000 kilometers) from Ceres.
PIA19166:
Ceres From Dawn, Raw
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-12-05 Ceres Dawn
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As NASA's Dawn spacecraft flies through space toward the dwarf planet Ceres, the unexplored world appears to its camera as a bright light in the distance, full of possibility for scientific discovery.
PIA19050:
Enhanced Early View of Ceres from Dawn
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From about three times the distance from Earth to the moon, NASA's Dawn spacecraft spies its final destination -- the dwarf planet Ceres.
PIA19049:
Dawn's Gateway View of Ceres
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-17 Vesta Dawn
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This graphic shows the geologic time scale of asteroid Vesta derived from geologic mapping.
PIA18789:
Geological Time Scale of Vesta
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-11-17 Vesta Dawn
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This high-resolution geological map of Vesta is derived from NASA's Dawn spacecraft data.
PIA18788:
Geological Map of Vesta
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-16 Vesta Dawn
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This colorized composite image from NASA's Dawn mission shows the crater Antonia, which lies in the enormous Rheasilvia basin in the southern hemisphere of the giant asteroid Vesta.
PIA17663:
Vesta's Many Colors at Sextilia
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-16 Vesta Dawn
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This colorized composite image from NASA's Dawn mission shows the crater Antonia, which lies in the enormous Rheasilvia basin in the southern hemisphere of the giant asteroid Vesta.
PIA17662:
Antonia in Blue
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This colorful composite image from NASA's Dawn mission shows the flow of material inside and outside a crater called Aelia on the giant asteroid Vesta. To the naked eye, these structures would not be seen. But here, they stand out in blue and red.
PIA17661:
Flowing in, Flowing out of Aelia
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-03 Ceres Dawn
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This graphic shows the planned trek of NASA's Dawn spacecraft from its launch in 2007 through its arrival at the dwarf planet Ceres in early 2015.
PIA17651:
Journey to Ceres
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-03 Ceres Dawn
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This artist's concept shows NASA's Dawn spacecraft heading toward the dwarf planet Ceres. When Dawn arrives, it will be the first spacecraft to go into orbit around two destinations in our solar system beyond Earth.
PIA17650:
On the Way to Ceres (Artist Concept)
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-12-03 Ceres Dawn
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft will be getting an up-close look at the dwarf planet Ceres starting in late March or the beginning of April 2015. This graphic shows the science-gathering orbits planned for the spacecraft.
PIA17479:
Closing in on Ceres
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-11-06 Vesta Dawn
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This image from NASA's Dawn mission shows a crater in the northern hemisphere of the giant asteroid Vesta called Bellicia.
PIA17478:
Bellicia Crater, in Visible Light
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-11-06 Vesta Dawn
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In this contrast-enhanced infrared image of Bellicia Crater on the giant asteroid Vesta, scientists from NASA's Dawn mission can see signs of the mineral olivine. Olivine was not expected to be found at Bellicia.
PIA17477:
Contrast-Enhanced Image of Bellicia Crater
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This image shows infrared views of two craters,Bellicia (left) and Arruntia (right), at the giant asteroid Vesta that NASA's Dawn mission has found to sport the mineral olivine.
PIA17476:
Two Craters with Olivine
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This colorized map from NASA's Dawn mission shows the types of rocks and minerals distributed around the surface of the giant asteroid Vesta.
PIA17475:
Map of Rock Properties at Giant Asteroid Vesta
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-28 Vesta Dawn
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This image of Rheasilvia AV-L-30, from the atlas of the giant asteroid Vesta, was created from images taken as NASA's Dawn mission flew around the object, also known as a protoplanet.
PIA19534:
Rheasilvia AV-L-30
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This image of Justina AV-L-29, from the atlas of the giant asteroid Vesta, was created from images taken as NASA's Dawn mission flew around the object, also known as a protoplanet.
PIA19533:
Justina AV-L-29
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This image of Canuleia AV-L-28, from the atlas of the giant asteroid Vesta, was created from images taken as NASA's Dawn mission flew around the object, also known as a protoplanet.
PIA19532:
Canuleia AV-L-28
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This image of Eusebia AV-L-27, from the atlas of the giant asteroid Vesta, was created from images taken as NASA's Dawn mission flew around the object, also known as a protoplanet.
PIA19531:
Eusebia AV-L-27
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This image of Sextilia AV-L-26, from the atlas of the giant asteroid Vesta, was created from images taken as NASA's Dawn mission flew around the object, also known as a protoplanet.
PIA19530:
Sextilia AV-L-26
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This image of Matronalia AV-L-25, from the atlas of the giant asteroid Vesta, was created from images taken as NASA's Dawn mission flew around the object, also known as a protoplanet.
PIA19529:
Matronalia AV-L-25
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This image of Aquilia AV-L-24, from the atlas of the giant asteroid Vesta, was created from images taken as NASA's Dawn mission flew around the object, also known as a protoplanet.
PIA19528:
Aquilia AV-L-24
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his image of Claudia AV-L-23, from the atlas of the giant asteroid Vesta, was created from images taken as NASA's Dawn mission flew around the object, also known as a protoplanet.
PIA19527:
Claudia AV-L-23
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This image of Oppia AV-L-22, from the atlas of the giant asteroid Vesta, was created from images taken as NASA's Dawn mission flew around the object, also known as a protoplanet.
PIA19526:
Oppia AV-L-22
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This image of Numisia AV-L-21, from the atlas of the giant asteroid Vesta, was created from images taken as NASA's Dawn mission flew around the object, also known as a protoplanet.
PIA19525:
Numisia AV-L-21
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This image of Vibidia AV-L-20, from the atlas of the giant asteroid Vesta, was created from images taken as NASA's Dawn mission flew around the object, also known as a protoplanet.
PIA19524:
Vibidia AV-L-20
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This image of Octavia AV-L-19, from the atlas of the giant asteroid Vesta, was created from images taken as NASA's Dawn mission flew around the object, also known as a protoplanet.
PIA19523:
Octavia AV-L-19
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This image of Serena AV-L-18, from the atlas of the giant asteroid Vesta, was created from images taken as NASA's Dawn mission flew around the object, also known as a protoplanet.
PIA19522:
Serena AV-L-18
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This image of Domna AV-L-17, from the atlas of the giant asteroid Vesta, was created from images taken as NASA's Dawn mission flew around the object, also known as a protoplanet.
PIA19521:
Domna AV-L-17
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This image of Rubria AV-L-16, from the atlas of the giant asteroid Vesta, was created from images taken as NASA's Dawn mission flew around the object, also known as a protoplanet.
PIA19520:
Rubria AV-L-16
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This image of Paulina AV-L-15, from the atlas of the giant asteroid Vesta, was created from images taken as NASA's Dawn mission flew around the object, also known as a protoplanet.
PIA19519:
Paulina AV-L-15
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This image of Lepida AV-L-14, from the atlas of the giant asteroid Vesta, was created from images taken as NASA's Dawn mission flew around the object, also known as a protoplanet.
PIA19518:
Lepida AV-L-14
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This image of Fabia AV-L-13, from the atlas of the giant asteroid Vesta, was created from images taken as NASA's Dawn mission flew around the object, also known as a protoplanet.
PIA19517:
Fabia AV-L-13
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This image of Marcia AV-L-12, from the atlas of the giant asteroid Vesta, was created from images taken as NASA's Dawn mission flew around the object, also known as a protoplanet.
PIA19516:
Marcia AV-L-12
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This image of Aricia AV-L-11, from the atlas of the giant asteroid Vesta, was created from images taken as NASA's Dawn mission flew around the object, also known as a protoplanet.
PIA19515:
Aricia AV-L-11
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This image of Eutropia AV-L-10, from the atlas of the giant asteroid Vesta, was created from images taken as NASA's Dawn mission flew around the object, also known as a protoplanet.
PIA19514:
Eutropia AV-L-10
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This image of Gegania AV-L-09, from the atlas of the giant asteroid Vesta, was created from images taken as NASA's Dawn mission flew around the object, also known as a protoplanet.
PIA19513:
Gegania AV-L-09
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This image of Licinia AV-L-08, from the atlas of the giant asteroid Vesta, was created from images taken as NASA's Dawn mission flew around the object, also known as a protoplanet.
PIA19512:
Licinia AV-L-08
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This image of Floronia AV-L-07, from the atlas of the giant asteroid Vesta, was created from images taken as NASA's Dawn mission flew around the object, also known as a protoplanet.
PIA19511:
Floronia AV-L-07
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This image of Mamilia AV-L-06, from the atlas of the giant asteroid Vesta, was created from images taken as NASA's Dawn mission flew around the object, also known as a protoplanet.
PIA19510:
Mamilia AV-L-06
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This image of Domitia AV-L-05, from the atlas of the giant asteroid Vesta, was created from images taken as NASA's Dawn mission flew around the object, also known as a protoplanet.
PIA19509:
Domitia AV-L-05
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This image of Caparronia AV-L-04, from the atlas of the giant asteroid Vesta, was created from images taken as NASA's Dawn mission flew around the object, also known as a protoplanet.
PIA19508:
Caparronia AV-L-04
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This image of Arruntia AV-L-03, from the atlas of the giant asteroid Vesta, was created from images taken as NASA's Dawn mission flew around the object, also known as a protoplanet.
PIA19507:
Arruntia AV-L-03
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-28 Vesta Dawn
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This image of Bellecia AV-L-02, from the atlas of the giant asteroid Vesta, was created from images taken as NASA's Dawn mission flew around the object, also known as a protoplanet.
PIA19506:
Bellecia AV-L-02
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-27 Vesta Dawn
Hubble Space Telescope
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Hubble Space Telescope
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These two images compare topographic maps of the giant asteroid Vesta as discerned by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope (top) and as seen by NASA's Dawn spacecraft (bottom). Hubble has been in an orbit around Earth, while Dawn orbited Vesta from 2011 to 2012.
PIA17466:
Comparing Vesta's Topography
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-27 Vesta Dawn
Hubble Space Telescope
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Hubble Space Telescope
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These two maps of the giant asteroid Vesta show patterns of brightness from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope (top) and NASA's Dawn spacecraft (bottom). Hubble's view is from an orbit around Earth. Dawn went into orbit around Vesta from 2011 to 2012.
PIA17465:
Two Views of Vesta Bright and Dark
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-09-13 Vesta Dawn
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This atlas of the giant asteroid Vesta was created from images taken as NASA's Dawn mission flew around the object, also known as a protoplanet.
PIA17480:
Touring the Giant Asteroid Vesta
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-07-08 Vesta Dawn
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This color-coded topography map from NASA's Dawn mission shows the giant asteroid Vesta in an equirectangular projection at 32 pixels per degree, relative to an ellipsoid of 177 miles by 177 miles by 142 miles.
PIA17037:
Vesta Topography Map
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-03-25 Vesta Dawn
Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO)
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Studying meteorites from the asteroid Vesta helps scientists understand the event known as the 'lunar cataclysm,' when a repositioning of the gas giant planets destabilized a portion of the asteroid belt and triggered a solar-system-wide bombardment.
PIA16841:
A Shared Bombardment History
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-03 Vesta Dawn
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This map shows the distribution of dark materials throughout the southern hemisphere of the giant asteroid Vesta. The circles, diamonds, and stars show where the dark material appears in craters, spots and topographic highs.
PIA16632:
Distribution of Vesta's Dark Materials, Southern View
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This composite-color view from NASA's Dawn mission shows Cornelia Crater, streaked with dark materials, on the giant asteroid Vesta. You need 3D glasses to view this image.
PIA16631:
3-D View of Dark-Stained Cornelia
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Add Image to Favorite List 2013-01-03 Vesta Dawn
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These mosaic images from NASA's Dawn mission show how dark, carbon-rich materials tend to speckle the rims of smaller craters or their immediate surroundings on the giant asteroid Vesta; Numisia Crater is shown at left.
PIA16630:
Dark Crater Rims
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-06 Vesta Dawn
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This image shows examples of straighter, shorter, wider gullies that scientists on NASA's Dawn mission have found on the giant asteroid Vesta. The crater shown here is called Fonteia.
PIA16491:
Straight Gullies in Fonteia
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This image shows a close-up of long, narrow, sinuous gullies that scientists on NASA's Dawn mission have found on the giant asteroid Vesta. The crater shown here is called Cornelia.
PIA16490:
Sinuous Gullies, Close-up
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-12-06 Vesta Dawn
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This image shows a close-up of long, narrow, sinuous gullies that scientists on NASA's Dawn mission have found on the giant asteroid Vesta. The crater shown here is called Cornelia.
PIA16489:
Sinuous Gullies in Cornelia Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-10-31 Vesta Dawn
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This image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows a close up of part of the rim around the crater Canuleia on the giant asteroid Vesta. Canuleia, about 6 miles (10 kilometers) in diameter, is the large crater at the bottom-left of this image.
PIA16176:
Canuleia, Up Close
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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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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-26 Vesta Dawn
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This map from NASA's Dawn mission indicates the presence of hydrated minerals on the giant asteroid Vesta about 30 degrees north latitude, in August 2011. At the time, it was winter in Vesta's northern hemisphere.
PIA16186:
Map of Hydrated Minerals on Vesta
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-20 Vesta Dawn
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO)
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HiRISE
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A distinctive 'pitted terrain' observed by NASA's Dawn mission on asteroid Vesta has also been seen on Mars. The morphologies of pits are similar on both bodies, with irregular shapes and sharp angles where pits share walls.
PIA16185:
Pitted Terrain on Mars and Vesta
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-20 Vesta Dawn
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These enhanced-color views from NASA's Dawn mission show an unusual 'pitted terrain' on the floors of the craters named Marcia (left) and Cornelia (right) on the giant asteroid Vesta.
PIA16184:
Pitted Terrain in Color
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This perspective view of Cornelia crater on the giant asteroid Vesta shows an example of 'pitted terrain,' an unexpected discovery in data returned by NASA's Dawn mission.
PIA16183:
Cornelia is the Pits
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This perspective view of Marcia crater on the giant asteroid Vesta shows the most spectacularly preserved example of 'pitted terrain,' an unexpected discovery in data returned by NASA's Dawn mission.
PIA16182:
Most Spectacularly Preserved Pitted Terrain on Vesta
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Hydrogen is most abundant in areas with low reflectivity, or albedo, on the giant asteroid Vesta, as shown in this contour map from NASA's Dawn mission.
PIA16181:
Contour Map of Hydrogen on Vesta
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This map from NASA's Dawn mission shows the global distribution of hydrogen on the surface of the giant asteroid Vesta.
PIA16180:
Hydrogen Map of Vesta
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-20 Vesta Dawn
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This image shows that NASA's Dawn mission detected abundances of hydrogen in a wide swath around the equator of the giant asteroid Vesta. The hydrogen probably exists in the form of hydroxyl or water bound to minerals in Vesta's surface.
PIA15679:
Hydrogen Hotspots on Vesta Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-11 Vesta Dawn
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As NASA's Dawn spacecraft takes off for its next destination, this mosaic synthesizes some of the best views the spacecraft had of the giant asteroid Vesta. The set of three craters known as the 'snowman' can be seen at the top left.
PIA15678:
Full View of Vesta
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This image from NASA's Dawn mission shows the topography of the northern and southern hemispheres of the giant asteroid Vesta, updated with pictures obtained during Dawn's last look back.
PIA15677:
Shape of Vesta
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This image from NASA's Dawn mission shows a shadowy view of the northern hemisphere of the giant asteroid Vesta during Dawn's last look back.
PIA16116:
Best Northern View of Vesta
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This image from NASA's Dawn mission reveals the creeping dawn over the north pole of the giant asteroid Vesta now that sunlight is shining over that area. The mosaic shows two large impact craters.
PIA16115:
Dawn over the North
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These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft are located in asteroid Vesta's Floronia quadrangle, in Vesta's northern hemisphere; distinct sinuous grooves are visible around the rim of the crater.
PIA15874:
HAMO and LAMO Images of Floronia Crater
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The shadowy outlines of the terrain in Vesta's northern region are visible in this image from NASA's Dawn spacecraft. The image comes from the last sequence of images Dawn obtained of the giant asteroid Vesta as it departed the giant asteroid.
PIA15676:
Shadows of the North
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This image is from the last sequence of images NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained of the giant asteroid Vesta, looking down at Vesta's north pole as it was departing. Dawn escaped from Vesta's orbit on Sept. 4, 2012 PDT (Sept. 5, 2012 CET).
PIA15675:
A Last Look Back at Vesta
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-05 Vesta Dawn
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These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft are located in asteroid Vesta's Numisia quadrangle, southern hemisphere; layers can be seen slumping towards the crater's center and there is slightly brighter material overlying slightly less bright material.
PIA15873:
HAMO and LAMO Images of Cornelia Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-09-04 Vesta Dawn
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These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft are located in asteroid Vesta's Oppia quadrangle, just south of Vesta's equator; Claudia was chosen to anchor the coordinate system for Vesta used in the scientific investigations of the Dawn team.
PIA15872:
HAMO and LAMO Images of Claudia Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2012-08-31 Vesta Dawn
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These images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft are located in asteroid Vesta's Numisia quadrangle, just south of Vesta's equator; there is a large slump of material covering the top rim of Teia crater, which makes it appear degraded.
PIA15871:
HAMO and LAMO Images of Teia Crater
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