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Dawn Reality-Checks Telescope Studies of Asteroids


Giant asteroid Vesta

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. Dawn studied Vesta from July 2011 to September 2012.

Credit: Georgia Southern University NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCAL/MPS/DLR/IDA

Tantalized by images from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and ground-based data, scientists thought the giant asteroid Vesta deserved a closer look.

From Jet Propulsion Laboratory/NASA
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