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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Close-up view of "Snowman" Craters on Asteroid Vesta

Close-up view of Snowman Craters on Asteroid Vesta
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In this image, obtained by the framing camera on NASA's Dawn spacecraft, a set of three craters, informally nicknamed "Snowman" by the camera's team members, is located in the northern hemisphere of Vesta. The image was taken on July 24, 2011, from a distance of about 5,200 kilometers (3,200 miles). The Dawn mission to Vesta and Ceres is managed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington, D.C. It is a project of the Discovery Program, managed by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala. UCLA is responsible for overall Dawn mission science. Orbital Sciences Corporation of Dulles, Va., designed and built the Dawn spacecraft.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA

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