Full view of asteroid Vesta







As NASA’s Dawn spacecraft travels to its next destination, this mosaic synthesizes some of the best views the spacecraft had of the giant asteroid Vesta. Dawn studied Vesta from July 2011 to September 2012. The towering mountain at the south pole - more than twice the height of Mount Everest - is visible at the bottom of the image. The set of three craters known as the “snowman” can be seen at the top left.

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCAL/MPS/DLR/IDA

Full view of asteroid Vesta

As NASA’s Dawn spacecraft travels to its next destination, this mosaic synthesizes some of the best views the spacecraft had of the giant asteroid Vesta. Dawn studied Vesta from July 2011 to September 2012. The towering mountain at the south pole - more than twice the height of Mount Everest - is visible at the bottom of the image. The set of three craters known as the “snowman” can be seen at the top left.

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCAL/MPS/DLR/IDA

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