Surface of Asteroid Vesta
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.
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.
About the Image
|Release date:||10 October 1995, 05:00|
|Size:||800 x 600 px|
About the Object
|Type:||• Solar System : Interplanetary Body : Asteroid|
• X - Solar System Images/Videos
Colours & filters
|439 nm||Hubble Space Telescope|
|673 nm||Hubble Space Telescope|
|Hubble Space Telescope|
|1.024 μm||Hubble Space Telescope|