Surface of Asteroid Vesta

These two maps are derived from images of asteroid 4 Vesta taken between November 28 and December 1, 1994 with the Wide Field Planetary Camera-2 (in PC mode) aboard NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.

Top Image

Surface Brightness Map of Vesta - This map shows that, unlike most asteroids, Vesta's surface is significantly varied with a dark hemisphere and a light hemisphere. The surface markings may represent ancient igneous activity such as lava flows and, in addition, regions where major impacts have stripped away the crust revealing mantle material below the crust.

 

Bottom Image

Surface Composition Map of Vesta - This false-color composite map of Vesta results show that all of Vesta's surface is igneous, indicating that either the entire surface was once melted, or lava flowing from its interior once completely covered its surface. The map shows that Vesta has two distinct hemispheres containing two different types of solidified lava called basalts.

Credit:

Ben Zellner (Georgia Southern University) and NASA/ESA

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo9540a
Type:Collage
Release date:10 October 1995, 05:00
Size:800 x 600 px

About the Object

Name:Vesta
Type:• Solar System : Interplanetary Body : Asteroid
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Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
B
439 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
R
673 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Infrared
Near-IR
Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Infrared
Near-IR
1.024 μm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2

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