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Gullies on Vesta Suggest Past Water-Mobilized Flows


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Cornelia Crater on Vesta

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.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA

Protoplanet Vesta, visited by NASA's Dawn spacecraft from 2011 to 2013, was once thought to be completely dry, incapable of retaining water because of the low temperatures and pressures at its surface.

From Jet Propulsion Laboratory/NASA
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