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Vesta's Coat Of Many Colors
2012-06-07 09:05:24

[ Watch the Video ] A new video from NASA's Dawn mission reveals the dappled, variegated surface of the giant asteroid Vesta. The animation drapes high-resolution false color images over a 3-D model of the Vesta terrain constructed from Dawn's observations. This visualization enables a detailed view of the variation in the material properties of Vesta in the context of its topography. The colors were chosen to highlight differences in surface composition that are too subtle for the...

Image 1 - Dawn Mission Reveals Ateroid Vesta's Secrets
2012-05-10 13:17:00

[ Watch the Video ] Lee Rannals for RedOrbit.com NASA unleashed a new analysis of the giant asteroid Vesta on Thursday based on data taken by its Dawn spacecraft. Carol Raymond, Dawn deputy principal investigator at NASA´s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said that Dawn's success has transformed scientists' perspective of Vesta from a fuzzy form, into a planetary body. She said that the asteroid formed within 2 million years after the first solids formed in the solar system....

2012-05-08 07:51:57

NASA will host a news conference on Thursday, May 10, at 2 p.m. EDT to present a new analysis of the giant asteroid Vesta using data from the agency´s Dawn spacecraft. The event will be held in the James E. Webb Auditorium at NASA Headquarters located at 300 E St. SW in Washington. The event will be broadcast live on NASA Television and streamed on the agency´s website. The journal Science has embargoed the findings prior to the news conference. The panelists for the briefing...

Dawn Reveals Asteroid Vesta's Secrets
2012-04-26 03:59:38

[ Watch the Video ] Findings from NASA's Dawn spacecraft reveal new details about the giant asteroid Vesta, including its varied surface composition, sharp temperature changes and clues to its internal structure. The findings were presented Wednesday at the European Geosciences Union meeting in Vienna, Austria, and will help scientists better understand the early solar system and processes that dominated its formation. Images from Dawn's framing camera and visible and infrared mapping...

Dawn Gets Extra Time To Explore Vesta
2012-04-19 03:30:40

NASA's Dawn mission has received official confirmation that 40 extra days have been added to its exploration of the giant asteroid Vesta, the second most massive object in the main asteroid belt. The mission extension allows Dawn to continue its scientific observations at Vesta until Aug. 26, while still arriving at the dwarf planet Ceres at the same originally scheduled target date in February 2015. "We are leveraging our smooth and successful operations at Vesta to provide for even more...


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2004-10-19 04:45:44

NEAR-Shoemaker Mission -- The Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous - Shoemaker (NEAR Shoemaker), renamed after its launch in honor of Gene Shoemaker, is an unmanned spacecraft designed to study the near-Earth asteroid Eros from close orbit over a period of a year. The primary scientific objectives of NEAR were to return data on the bulk properties, composition, mineralogy, morphology, internal mass distribution and magnetic field of Eros. Secondary objectives include studies of regolith...

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This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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