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NASA's Dawn Captures First Image of Nearing Asteroid

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Asteroid Vesta

First unprocessed image obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft of the giant asteroid Vesta in front of a background of stars.

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NASA's Dawn spacecraft has obtained its first image of the giant asteroid Vesta, which will help fine-tune navigation during its approach. Dawn is expected to achieve orbit around Vesta on July 16, when the asteroid is about 188 million kilometers (117 million miles) from Earth.

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