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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Asteroid Vesta full-frame image taken by Dawn spacecraft!

Asteroid Vesta full-frame image taken by Dawn spacecraft!
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NASA's Dawn spacecraft obtained this image of the giant asteroid Vesta with its framing camera on July 24, 2011. It was taken from a distance of about 5,200 kilometers (3,200 miles). Dawn entered orbit around Vesta on July 15, and will spend a year orbiting the body. After that, the next stop on its itinerary will be an encounter with the dwarf planet Ceres. The framing camera project is funded by NASA, the Max Planck Society and DLR.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA

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