The Many Faces of Vesta

To prepare for the Dawn spacecraft's visit to Vesta, astronomers used Hubble's Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 to snap new images of the asteroid. These images were taken on May 14 and 16, 2007. Each frame shows time in hours and minutes based on Vesta's 5.34-hour rotation period. Using Hubble, astronomers mapped Vesta's southern hemisphere, a region dominated by a giant impact crater formed by a collision billions of years ago. The crater is 285 miles (456 kilometres) across, which is nearly equal to Vesta's 330-mile (530-kilometre) diameter.

Credit:

NASA, ESA, and L. McFadden (University of Maryland)

About the Image

NASA press release
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Id:opo0727d
Type:Observation
Release date:20 June 2007, 16:30
Size:1500 x 1200 px

About the Object

Name:Vesta
Type:• Solar System : Interplanetary Body : Asteroid
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439 nm Hubble Space Telescope
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673 nm Hubble Space Telescope
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