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The Sciences

Dawn flies over Vesta

Bad AstronomyBy Phil PlaitMay 10, 2012 9:51 PM


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The Dawn mission has been orbiting the asteroid Vesta since July 2011. It's taken thousands of images of the 500 kilometer-wide (300 mile) rock since then, and JPL just released an amazing video which uses real data from Dawn to simulate flying over the asteroid.

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Wow. The animation at Marcia Crater (the bottom crater making up the Snowman triple impact

) is especially beautiful and realistic! Dawn is scheduled to leave Vesta in August and then take a long, slow voyage to the even-larger asteroid Ceres, arriving in 2015. So we still have several months of riveting images of Vesta to look forward to. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA

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